Tackling the Racial & Ethnic Disparity
Date: 5:30pm PST January 19, 2017 Location: Student Lounge, LRC
Student Lounge, LRC
This month, Multnomah County is launching an exciting and innovative program, called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which will allow officers (pre-booking!) to redirect low-level drug offenders to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution. This program is but one part of an ongoing systemic revolution in directly addressing the racial and ethnic disparity in Multnomah County’s criminal justice system. By critically analyzing the Relative Rate Index (RRI) data, that is, the rates at which persons of color are disproportionately arrested and referred for prosecution for certain crimes, Multnomah County has been able to intelligently craft policies to dramatically impact this disparity and create an ever more just system.