Who ends up in the juvenile court system and why? Fairfield University invited the public to a forum on race and juvenile justice, including a screening of Connecticut Public Television’s documentary The Color of Justice, in November at the Aloysius P. Kelley Center. The forum was 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, November event included a 30-minute version of the documentary and open discussion on issues of race in Connecticut. The original documentary brought 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.
Fairfield University, the Regional Youth Adult Social Action Partnership (RYASAP), Parent Leadership Training Institute, CT Juvenile Justice Alliance, CPTV, and the CT Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee co-sponsored the event.