Tackling the Racial & Ethnic Disparity
Date: 5:30pm PST March 1 Location: Legal Research Center - Lower Student Lounge
Legal Research Center - Lower Student Lounge
In this informational panel, come hear from Multnomah County DA Rod Underhill, Portland Police Chief Mike Marshman, and Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese about the policy changes they’ve made using data from the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) report.
This month, Multnomah County is launching an exciting and innovative program, called Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD), which will allow officers (pre-booking!) to redirect low-level drug offenders to community-based services instead of jail and prosecution. This program is but one part of an ongoing systemic revolution in directly addressing the racial and ethnic disparity in Multnomah County’s criminal justice system. By critically analyzing the Relative Rate Index (RRI) data, that is, the rates at which persons of color are disproportionately arrested and referred for prosecution for certain crimes, Multnomah County has been able to intelligently craft policies to dramatically impact this disparity and create an ever more just system.
One-hour panel discussion to begin at 5:30 pm, with a 30 minute Q&A and reception to follow. Event is open to the public.