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With the generous support of our many friends and sponsors, Rhode Island for Community & Justice is making big strides this year, despite the challenges of COVID-19.
Our youth programs are continuing to prepare future leaders & DEI professionals, our policy programs are improving RI's juvenile justice system,
and our awards events recognize leaders making Rhode Island a better place for all.
We need your help and continued support to keep this work going!
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*Youth Camp Endowment *Youth Programs *Community Justice Award
*Metcalf Media Awards *Juvenile Justice Program
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Juvenile Justice VISTA
Youthful interaction with the justice system has been linked to poor physical health, mental illness, and social injury. RICJ's juvenile justice program promotes community alternatives based in transformative and restorative justice with a focus on BIPOC urban youth. In RI, juveniles of color are disproportionately likely to experience arrest, court referrals, and imprisonment, yet 95% of juveniles sent to court are there for nonviolent offenses. In 2020, the RI child population is 6% Black, yet 23% of youth sent to Family Court and 28% sent to juvenile prison are Black (RI Kids Count 2021). These statistics guide our work. With other RI organizations, youth, families, and government agencies, we seek to prevent system involvement. Our primary work is with Juvenile Hearing Boards (JHB), an innovative community diversion model. We are working to strengthen and better resource JHBs, inform communities about this diversion option, and collect data to demonstrate effects. The goal is to keep youth at higher risk of system involvement and incarceration out of the system and in the community where they can receive the resources they deserve.
Start/End-Date: 10/25/2021 - 10/24/2022
Member Duties : The Juvenile Justice Reform VISTA works collaboratively to alleviate the racialized harm of the juvenile justice system. The VISTA builds the capacity of community-based programs that divert youth from justice system involvement by promoting transformative and restorative justice, community investment, and racial equity. In this work, the VISTA will create community education on what diversion opportunities exist and how they may be improved; identify opportunities to collaborate with stakeholders to expand the use of diversion; improve current and create new trainings on best practices in diversion; grow resources for community diversion; analyze and share outcome data; and support the work of the juvenile justice reform team. Efforts will be devoted to intensive capacity building for Providence, Central Falls and other RI cities.