Fairfield University to host forum, film on race and juvenile justice


Image: Kelley CenterWho ends up in the juvenile court system and why? Fairfield University invites the public to a forum on race and juvenile justice, including a screening of Connecticut Public Television documentary "The Color of Justice," on Wednesday, November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Aloysius P. Kelley Center on campus. The forum is a continuation of a National Dialogue on Race Day event in September, which drew a standing-room-only crowd of students, faculty, staff and community members from Fairfield, Bridgeport and beyond.

The free, interactive event will include a 30-minute version of the documentary and open discussion on issues of race in Connecticut. The original documentary brings together experts, community members and advocates to discuss the forces that shape the state's juvenile justice system and why youth of color are being funneled through the system at alarming rates.

"The film confronts issues of systemic injustice that each of us should be aware of and care about if we are serious about making a better future for our children and our communities," said Melissa Quan, associate director of Fairfield's Center for Faith and Public Life.

In addition to the University, the event sponsors are the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Parent Leadership Training Institute, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance, CPTV and  the CT Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee.

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Media Contact: Meredith Guinness, (203) 254-4000, ext. 2950, mguinness@fairfield.edu

Posted on November 1, 2013

Vol. 46, No. 94