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Advancing Equity in Community Supervision

May 14, 2024

On May 14, 2024, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. ET, the CSRC held a webinar on advancing equity.

Racial and ethnic disparities appear in all areas of the criminal justice system, including community supervision. Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are overrepresented in probation and parole and are disproportionally impacted by technical violations and revocations. Applying a racial equity lens to agencies’ policies and practices is critical to mitigating these harms, promoting the success of BIPOC people under supervision, and ensuring community well-being.

CEPP shared information about best practices for collecting race and ethnicity data, the importance of disaggregating data by race and ethnicity to identify inequities, and how to calculate the Relative Rate Index (RRI). Participants will also receive a framework to help them move beyond analysis and develop strategies that address racial disparities in practice within their own agencies. Anyone is welcome to attend this training, but it will be of particular benefit to data analysts and agency leaders.

Participants learned how to:

  • Recognize the importance of disaggregating data by race and ethnicity to identify racial disparities.
  • Understand why disaggregating data by race and ethnicity helps to identify the policies and practices that are contributing to racial disparities.
  • Identify concepts, practices, and tools that can help to address racial disparities.
  • Learn why measuring impacts and outcomes is critical in order to reduce disparities.

Thank you to our faculty:

  • Orleny Rojas, Senior Manager, Center for Effective Public Policy
  • Brandon Brown, Racial Equity Collaborative Member, Community Supervision Resource Center

Award# 15PBJA-22-GK-01739-MUMU, is sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and administered by the Center for Effective Public Policy (CEPP), in partnership with the American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Association of Paroling Authorities, International (APAI), the Center for Justice Innovation (CJI), and the National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies (NAPSA).

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