CPTV Debuts The Color of Justice A New Original Documentary on Inequities in Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice System
The Color of Justice – premiering Tuesday, April 16 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television with encore broadcasts that same evening at 11 p.m. and on Sunday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. – is a new CPTV original documentary that examines the reasons behind this apparent racial bias and the efforts being made to repair the problem decision points in
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Of the eighteen decision points examined, nine of those points indicated that minority youth were being treated more harshly than white youth. For instance, police in
So what can be done to make
Since studies show that youth who get involved in the system tend to stay or return there, efforts are also being done to divert kids facing misdemeanor charges away from the courts and toward local Juvenile Review Boards (JRBs). Referrals to JRBs free up court and police resources for more serious crimes.
While the state continues to grapple with this issue,
On Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. (with an encore broadcast on Sunday, April 28 at 12 noon), CPTV will broadcast The Color of Justice: Roundtable, an in-studio discussion of the forces that have shaped inequities in the state’s juvenile justice system featuring local experts, community members and advocates.
The Color of Justice is a CPTV Connecting Our Communities initiative in partnership with the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee. The documentary and roundtable are supported by a grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice to the State of Connecticut.
The Color of Justice is produced by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV).
Producer/Writer: Cathy Jackman
Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd
About Connecticut Public Television
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