Justice for Youth of Color: Paradigms and Challenges in the Douglas County Juvenile Justice System
February 24, 2021, 12pm-1:00pm CST
Keynote Speaker: Ajamal Byndon, Douglas County RED Coordinator
A’Jamal-Rashad Byndon is a native of Hastings Nebraska. However, he grew up in North Omaha and worked for 25 years with Catholic Charities. He is the current Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator for Douglas County. He served two years in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Botswana, where he met and married his wife of 42 years.
A’Jamal is from a family of 14 children and grew up in poverty in North Omaha.
A’Jamal has taught racial, African American Family, cultural diversity, and poverty courses in local colleges and universities. He was one of Omaha Table Talk (OTT) founding members and has enjoyed dinner in over 100 homes and nonprofit locations and helping to facilitate racial conversations during his tenure at OTT.
This session will explore the controversial aspects of Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) in Douglas County.
A’Jamal will provide an overview of terms and the challenges we face in addressing the juvenile justice system’s racial disparities. He will educate the community on recommendations that will help youth and families navigate the disparate juvenile justice system.
This presentation offers challenges to the criminal justice departments, as well as legal and judicial system to improve racial intelligence when dealing with youth of color, who are treated differently as indicated by the data. Opportunities will be provided to participants to share their best practices and examples of racial and cultural issues within their respective systems.