MacArthur Announcement

Led by Dr. Beverly J. Vandiver (Kirwan Institute; College of Education & Human Ecology) and Dr. Camille R. Quinn (College of Social Work), The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation to further the mission of the foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge Initiative, designed to rebuild equitable criminal justice systems and reduce jail incarceration.

Understanding the role of systemic racism involved in the judicial system, which disproportionately affects racial/ethnic minorities, the Kirwan Institute will partner with the MacArthur Foundation to use their extensive knowledge on implicit bias to work on reducing racial disparities in jurisdictions across the country. The plan will involve the use of Kirwan’s evidence-based approach to assessments, implementation of targeted strategy, and engaged training to address racial inequities. This SJC initiative is the first to specifically focus on race-based issues and solutions.

“We are honored to have been selected to be involved at the national level on judicial reform. We had previously partnered with Franklin County on an earlier Safety+Justice Challenge.” Furthermore, we are excited to be working with Dr. Quinn, a Kirwan faculty affiliate, who is an expert on judicial issues from a race-based perspective, specifically juvenile justice. Other Kirwan investigators involved on this initiative are Kyle Strickland, senior legal analyst, and Kip Holley, social research associate and civic engagement specialist.

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