CJJ 2022 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Conference


Nov. 1-2

Omni Louisville
400 S 2nd Street
Louisville, Kentucky, 40202 

CJJ's R/ED conference was held in Louisville, KY on Nov. 1-2, 2022. The theme of the 2022 year's conference was "Removing the Blindfold: Investing in Young People, Communities, and Healing.” For a copy of the agenda click here.

Every year, CJJ hosts a conference focusing specifically on the issue of racial and ethnic disparities (R/ED) in the juvenile justice system. With the help of wonderful presenters, this year's R/ED conference was a wonderful success. We anticipated 250 registrants and had 315 attendees for this year's conference. A special thank you to our presenters whose hard work and dedication continue to shape the field. Presenters ranged from young people with lived experience to Senators from Kentucky and the changes they have made in the statute that benefit youth. In addition to our presenters, we also had a federal update from OJJDP Administrator Elizabeth Ryan and Author Kris Henning (Rage of Innocence: How America Criminalizes Black Youth) as a keynote speaker who shared and drew upon experiences in her 25 years working in D.C.'s Juvenile Court to explain the history and reasoning of why the system is the way it is and the consequences that come from denying African American Youth access to healthy adolescent development.

If you would like to view slides from our conference workshops, the following presentation's are available:

Andrew Smith Awardee
Congratulations to Craig Hargrow of Tennessee, this year's Andrew Smith Awardee. To learn more about Craig and the work he is doing to address racial and ethnic disparities in the youth justice system, click here

Sponsors and Exhibitors
Thank you to this year's sponsors! We are grateful for the support of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, Justice Resource Institute, Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, and members of the CJJ Executive Board.