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Ryan Haygood and Mayor Baraka for The Nation: Cities Have the Power to Finally Bridge MLK’s ‘Two Americas

Ryan Haygood and Mayor Baraka write in The Nation magazine on how cities can bridge Dr. King's Two Americas:

In that speech, King explained that, in one America, “millions of young people grow up in the sunlight of opportunity,” with the ability to realize their full potential. But in the “other America,” people “find themselves perishing on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity.”

Fifty years later, the two Americas persist in cities across this country, including here in our mighty City of Newark. Indeed, King’s reference to an “ocean of material prosperity” describes the employment opportunities available now in Newark...

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Institute Featured in Philadelphia Inquirer Story on Reducing Mass Incarceration

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports:

In New Jersey, the focus has been keeping people out of prison in the first place. The Garden State streamlined its parole process and gave judges more flexibility in sentencing low-level drug offenders...

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NJPAC Honoring Ryan P. Haygood with Visionary of the Future Award

Newark, NJ -- Two outstanding community leaders in the City of Newark will be honored in Living the Dream, a reception on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center (NJPAC) in observance of the annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration.

This year’s distinguished recipients are community advocate Gloria Hopkins Buck, LCSW (Steward of the Dream Award) and civil rights attorney Ryan P. Haygood (Visionary of the Future Award). The awards are given to individuals whose lifework reflects the ideals and principles of Dr. King’s great legacy.

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NJTV: Can Newark Improve Relationship Between Police and Community?

NJTV's Mary Alice Williams interviews Ryan Haygood on police and community relations.

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Andrea McChristian: Racial Disparities in NJ’s Juvenile Justice System Are ‘Unacceptable'

Institute Associate Counsel Andrea McChristian writes about the racial disparities in NJ's youth prisons for NJ Spotlight:

As a black woman, former teacher, and civil rights attorney, I find the racial disparities in our state’s juvenile justice system, and the policies that underlie them, heartbreaking and unacceptable.

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Ryan Haygood to Discuss Voting Rights Act at Dr. King Celebration

NJ.com announces:

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, January 16, 2017, at 1:00 pm at Scotch Plains Public Library, Ryan P. Haygood, president and CEO of the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice, will speak about the Voting Rights Act, which is widely recognized as the crowning achievement of the Civil Rights Movement.

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NJ.com: Report finds 'staggering racial disparities' in which N.J. kids land behind bars

NJ.com reports:

The report from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice found that while there is little difference in the rates of black and white youth crime in New Jersey, black kids are 24 times more likely to be committed to a juvenile facility.

The Newark nonprofit recommends in a new policy brief the state focus more on rehabilitation and treatment close to home, which it says are cheaper options that also lead to fewer teens becoming repeat offenders.

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NJTV: New Report Questions New Jersey's Juvenile Justice System

NJTV reports:

“Youth prisons are failing our children in this state, but particularly our children of color,” explained Andrea McChristian from the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice.

If you take a look inside New Jersey’s juvenile justice system you’ll see the racial disparities laid bare. Seventy-five percent of incarcerated kids are black. That gap among races is the third-highest in the country...

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The Press of Atlantic City: Fewer youths in jail, but most are still black, report says

From The Press of Atlantic City:

State Sen. Nellie Pou, D-Bergen, Passaic, sponsor of a 2015 law that revised some juvenile justice procedures, said the report makes it clear there is more to do.

“We need to make sure youth have access to prevention,” she said. She said she would look at how funds are allocated and maybe even if a juvenile detention center could be closed and the funds used for community-based programs...

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101.5 Highlights the Institute's New Report on Racial Disparities in Youth Prisons

New Jersey 101.5 reports:

In New Jersey, a black kid is 24 times more likely to be committed to a secure juvenile facility than a white child, giving New Jersey the third-highest black-white commitment disparity rate in the entire nation,” said Andrea McChristian, the report’s primary author. “The disproportion comes down to policy choices and a conscious decision of which kids deserve to be locked up, and which should be treated like kids.”...

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