Criminal Justice and Equity in Dane County
Across the United States, at each and every stage of the criminal justice system people of color fare worse than their white counterparts. The State of Wisconsin has been listed as among the most disparate states in criminal justice and Dane County is reported to be the home to some of the highest levels of disparity within Wisconsin.
Dane County has researched and reported on racial disparities in criminal justice since 2008. As a member of GARE, Dane County has learned that best practices for effective policy must include strong engagement with community.
How do we move toward a criminal justice system that is truly just? What are the steps to increase equity at each step of the process?