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Ten years ago, the Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities was founded to address Iowa’s notorious distinction of ranking number one in the nation for disproportionately incarcerating African Americans and other minorities. Over the years, through the work of dedicated advocates, engaged officials and keen practitioners we have seen slight improvement and Iowa now ranks number 9 in the nation for disproportionality.   We are far from done. Iowa’s disproportionality is still double that of the national average, and while our numbers have improved in the adult system, In the juvenal system they remain abysmal. We must change this! 


The Iowa Summit on Justice & Disparities is:
  • A call to action for those who believe that Iowa and America can do better

  • Strategy sessions for those committed to criminal justice reforms that represent equity for everyone

  • The epicenter for learning about the multi-dimensional justice system(s) and steps, legislation, policies, and best practices that are essential to addressing gaps

  • An engaging experience that breaks down silos as we approach disproportionate minority confinement together

  • An opportunity to be the change you wish to see in the world


This content-packed event, through workshops, power panels and keynotes will deliver:
  • Status updates on Iowa’s juvenile and criminal justice systems including the impact of new laws

  • Keynotes, workshops, and power panels that include national and local success models for addressing disproportionate minority contact

  • Actionable steps to continue to improve Iowa’s Justice System

  • Opportunities to make connections and exchange ideas with the goal of reimagining justice for the 21st Century


Activists • Advocates • Citizens • Civil Rights & Community Leaders •

Law Enforcement • Corporate Executives • Corrections Staff • Counselors Attorneys • Judges • Justice & Juvenile Justice Employees • Clergy •

Diversity & Inclusion Staff • Educators • Employers • Formerly Incarcerated •

Government Officials • Human Resources • Human Services Professionals Legislators • Law Students • Criminal Justice Students • Nonprofit Staff •

Parole & Probation Officers • Youth • People of Faith •

Prosecutors • Social Workers

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