SESSION 2 WORKSHOPS

A. SCOTT COUNTY “TAKE THE KEYS & LOCK THEM UP”:  This is a story of crisis!  According to recent reports from the Sentencing Project and the Iowa Department of Human Rights, Scott County Iowa, home to cities Davenport and Bettendorf has the highest racial disproportionality in Iowa - the state that detains the highest number of Black youths in its juvenile justice system.  Now the county plans to use Covid-Relief funds to build a larger detention center that would quadruple its current capacity rather than appropriately investing in youth and families. 

Michael Guster, President of Davenport NAACP; Ken Croken, Supervisor, Scott County Board of Supervisors; Cindy Winckler, State Representative

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B. CREATING INNOVATION AND PATHWAYS TO SUCCESS: The Iowa Department of Corrections (IDOC) mission is to Create Opportunities for Safer Communities. This workshop will expand on the various IDOC initiatives underway to improve public safety, increase reentry success, and reduce disparities in our correctional system.

Iowa Department of Corrections

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C. ANTI RACIAL PROFILING LAWS: Numerous studies document racial disparities in traffic stops and what occurs in them, and racial disparities in law enforcement have also been established in the application of laws invoked during assembly and protest.  The Iowa NAACP shares how it has proposed statewide legislation and successfully worked to secure several city ordinances addressing profiling, the need for data collection, and transparency and plans to continue to push for these laws.  David Walker, and Russell Lovell, Jr.  Co-Chairs, Iowa-Nebraska, and Des Moines NAACP Legal Redress Committee

LEFT SIDE MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM

D. POWER PANEL - LAWS CHANGE LIVES – RAMPING UP FOR THE NEXT LEGISLATIVE SESSION:  A Bipartisan panel of legislators and politicians discuss how legislation has shaped criminal justice reform in recent sessions and the issues they plan to push to insure equitable outcomes in the justice system.

Moderator:  Helen Miller, Former Legislator, Ret. Parole Board Chair. Panelists:  State Sen. Clare Celsi; State Reps. Ako Abdul-Samad, Ras Smith and Joe Mitchell; RoycAnne Porter, Johnson County Supervisor; Bruce Teague, Iowa City Mayor

MAIN CONFERENCE ROOM RIGHT SIDE