Salons at Stowe

 

The Color of Justice

February 19th, 2015

The Stowe Center and the Mark Twain House & Museum screened The Color of Justice and a post-film discussion. The Color of Justice, created Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network in collaboration with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, is a documentary film exploring racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

The film demonstrates how young people of color are over-represented in the juvenile justice system and receive harsher punishments than their white peers. These disparities are in part caused by implicit bias among those in law enforcement.

Lara Herscovitch, Deputy Director of the CT Juvenile Justice Alliance, and Michelangelo Palmieri, Probation Officer with the CT State Judicial Department Juvenile Division, led the conversation. They prompted participants to explore their own biases and think about how these biases affect their views of young people, people of different races, and crime. The group also discussed ways to support children and young people.

Inspiration to Action

  • Host a screening of The Color of Justice in your community
  • Reflect on your own biases and work to combat them
  • Write a letter to the editor on juvenile justice
  • Stay connected with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance
  • Start a conversation with a friend, coworker or family member on implicit bias
  • Keep children in the juvenile justice system (no adult prison if no adult charges)
  • Address the needs of children and young people early and without involving law enforcement
Location Mark Twain Museum Center
Doors Open 5-7:30 PM
Program 5-7:30 PM
ONLINE DISCUSSION