CPTV Premieres The Color of Justice: Roundtable

Release Date: 04/19/2013

CPTV Premieres The Color of Justice: Roundtable

An In-Studio Discussion of Inequities in Connecticut’s Juvenile Justice System and Follow Up to The Color of Justice

Airs Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. on Connecticut Public Television (CPTV); encore broadcast on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m.

 

HARTFORD, Conn. (April 16, 2013) – Tonight at 8 p.m., CPTV is premiering a new documentary called The Color of Justice on racial bias in the juvenile justice system in Connecticut, and indeed around the country.  

 

In an effort to continue the conversation and foster greater understanding of the issues, CPTV is also premiering a follow-up special called The Color of Justice: Roundtable on Tuesday, April 23 at 8 p.m. with an encore broadcast on Sunday, April 28 at 12 p.m. Moderated by broadcast journalist Ayana Harry, this in-studio discussion builds upon the issues introduced in The Color of Justice and examines the forces that have shaped inequities in the state’s juvenile justice system. Topics covered in the special include an overview of the landscape of today’s juvenile justice system; long-term trends; and Disproportionate Minority Contact, or DMC: what it is, how it’s been studied and how it affects each part of the system.

 

Panelists featured in The Color of Justice: Roundtable include the following:

 

  • Judge Christine Keller – Former Chief Administrative Judge for Juvenile Matters who has recently moved to Connecticut’s Appellate Court
  • Christine Rapillo – Director of Delinquency Defense and Child Protection at the Office of the Chief Public Defender and a member of the Federal and State Juvenile Justice Advisory Committees
  • Glenda Armstrong – Teacher at Danbury Alternative School and member of the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee and DMC Subcommittee
  • Sergeant Andre Parker – A member of the Waterford Police Department who trains police officers to better understand youth behavior and increase officers’ knowledge of strategies for interacting with youth
  • Bill Carbone – Executive Director of the Court Support Services Division, or CSSD

 

The panelists will provide additional insights into the information featured in The Color of Justice, which examines the reasons behind apparent racial bias in juvenile justice and the efforts being made to repair the problem decision points in Connecticut’s system. The one-hour documentary interviews local judicial personnel, law enforcement, service providers, children’s advocates, parents and kids to understand the issue from all perspectives and reveal where reforms can be made.

 

Both The Color of Justice and The Color of Justice: Roundtable will be available to view online beginning Friday, April 26. To watch, go to CPTV.org, keywords: juvenile justice.

 

The Color of Justice: Roundtable 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: Roundtable is produced by Connecticut Public Television (CPTV).

Producer/Writer: Lizzie Warren

Executive Producer: Jennifer Boyd

 

 

About Connecticut Public Television

CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 50,000 to 70,000 households daily. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 260,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. For more information, visit cptv.org.

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