Task Forces

What is it a Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Disparities?

A Task Force on Racial and Ethnic Disparities is a local group of community members that have made a commitment to hold their system accountable for the number of youth of color and low income youth that are in their local juvenile justice system.

How does it work?

Members of the community most affected by the system convene to begin to build their capacity to hold their local system accountable and Stop the Rail to Jail.  They focus on holding systems accountable for front end racial and ethnic disparities and overall effectiveness in improving child well being by using their youth justice system’s data to build strategies aimed at Stopping the Rail to Jail.  CJNY assists Task Forces by providing assistance with strategy development, training and curriculum, and consultation.


CJNY’s first two Task Forces were piloted 2005 in New York City and Los Angeles, two of the nation’s most unaccountable systems.  This project began as a pilot to test our System Accountability ToolKit.  We identified several CJNY members to join in an effort to push for system accountability with a specific focus on racial and ethnic disparities. Over the past 10 years we have grown to 10 Task Forces: New York, Boston, Chicago, Pima County, Santa Cruz, Houston, Madison WI, Orange County, Milwaukee, and Richmond CA.

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