CONTACT: MARY GERAGHTY KENYON
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0011; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Oct. 29, 2002
(Editors: Journalists interested in attending all or part of the conference
or interviewing speakers should contact Miriam Landsman, 319/335-1257)
UI School of Social Work hosts conference on juvenile minority incarceration
percent of Iowa youth are minorities, yet minorities represent 33 percent
of juveniles held in Iowa detention facilities. A statewide conference sponsored
by the University of Iowa School of Social Work's National Resource Center
for Family Centered Practice (NRCFCP) will focus on the causes of and solutions
for disproportionate minority confinement Nov. 7 and 8 at the Adventureland
Inn in Altoona.
More than 200 people are expected to attend the two-day conference, "Investing
in Iowa's Youth, Investing in Iowa's Future," which is designed to examine
the issues, explore potential solutions, learn about current efforts to reduce
disproportionate minority confinement, and provide resources to those interested
in addressing this problem in their own communities.
"This is a unique opportunity for people across the state to meet together
to discuss the issue of disproportionate minority confinement and develop
strategies to change communities' responses to juvenile offenders," said
Miriam Landsman, UI assistant professor of social work, NRCFCP executive director.
Among the featured conference speakers are Judge Ernestine Gray, president
of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges; William Feyerherm,
a Portland State University researcher on disparities within the juvenile
justice system; and Heidi Hsia, from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency
Prevention in Washington, D.C.
The conference also features 14 workshops on topics ranging from judicial
solutions to reducing minority confinement to cultural identity and recruiting
"This conference will bring together those who can help reduce the
number of youth who are confined in Iowa's juvenile and adult facilities,"
said Brad Richardson, project director for the Disproportionate Minority Confinement
Resource Center. "Both system and individual factors are responsible
so we need input from those working in the system and community members who
work with youth in other ways."
In addition to Landsman, UI participants include: John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas,
training and technical assistance director for NRCFCP and for the Institute
for the Support of Latino/a Families and Communities; Diane Finnerty, diversity
resources coordinator for the UI Office of Affirmative Action, and adjunct
faculty in the Henry B. Tippie College of Business; Patricia Parker, a training
associate at the NRCFCP; Salome Raheim, director of the UI School of Social
Work; Brad Richardson, Ph.D., associate research scientist at the NRCFCP,
adjunct associate professor of social work, and project director for the Disproportionate
Minority Confinement Resource Center.
The conference is a project of the Disproportionate Minority Confinement
Resource Center in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences School of Social
Work. It is supported with funding from the Iowa Department of Human Rights,
Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning, Iowas Juvenile Justice
Advisory Council, and the UI School of Social Work. A complete conference
schedule is available online http://www.uiowa.edu/~nrcfcp/dmc/dmc%20main.htm.
For more information about the center, go to http://www.uiowa.edu/~nrcfcp/index_dmcrc.htm