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Kalamazoo Equal Justice Initiative Proposed Actions:

  • Walker Institute Report: A Roadmap to Equal Justice in Kalamazoo.
    • By the end of the summer, the Walker Institute will produce a report  documenting inequities that lead to excessive involvement in the criminal justice system, especially as related to race and class, and will propose an agenda for change based on information gathered during the Unequal Justice forums.
  • Kalamazoo Equal Justice website to be developed. 
  • Goal setting and accountability Scorecard
  • The Walker Institute will serve as a clearinghouse for information on grant opportunities related to Kalamazoo Equal Justice
  • Formation of Kalamazoo Equal Justice Advocacy workgroups
    • Collective impact – avoid having disconnected groups working on the same problem
    • Best Practices
    • Citizen participation and engagement in workgroups


        Unequal Justice Data Sources                                        

For a graphic showing incarceration rates of various nations as well as the rates for each of the United States, see http://www.prisonpolicy.org/global/

For more information on racial disparities, see The Sentencing Project. http://www.sentencingproject.org/template/page.cfm?id=122

African American men in Kalamazoo are 5.8 times as likely as white men to become involved with the criminal justice system.  Bureau of Justice Statistics, Uniform Crime Reporting Program for Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety, 2012.   http://www.bjs.gov/index.cfm?ty=daa In addition, the rate of involvement of Kalamazoo youth in the Juvenile Justice System is among the highest in the state – especially for African Americans. See http://michigancommitteeonjuvenilejustice.com/

Kaiser Family Foundation, “Distribution of State General Fund Expenditures, 2011 http://kff.org/other/state-indicator/distribution-of-general-fund-spending/

This May Be the Year that Crime Stops Being a Wedge Issue http://www.nationaljournal.com/next-america/newsdesk/this-may-be-the-year-crime-finally-stops-being-a-wedge-issue-20150330

Enough Is Enough: There’s a New Push to Stop Incarcerating So Many People. Think Progress, March 27, 2015. http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2015/03/27/3639186/enough-enough-theres-new-push-stop-incarcerating-many-people/




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Tim Ready talks with WMUK's Gordon Evans about the limits of the Kalamazoo Promise. [click here to listen]



Tim Ready talks with WMUK's Earlene McMichael about Shared Prosperity Kalamazoo [click here to listen]



Is America Dreaming? Understanding Social Mobility by Brookings Fellow Richard Reeves [click here to view]



Tim Ready presents the facts about Unequal Justice: Race, Class and the Criminal Justice System[click here to view]



Transition & Reintegration by Carol Cramer Brooks [click here to view]



Disrupting the Pipeline to Prison Through Prevention by Luchara Wallace [click here to view]




Tim Ready presents Kalamazoo United for Shared Prosperity: Basic Principles and Proposed Strategy to Kalamazoo City Commission [click here]


Tim Ready presents new data on the trends and demography of poverty in Kalamazoo at College of Health and Human Services Poverty Reduction Seminar, February 4, 2014 [click here]




Racial and Ethnic Diversity: Experiences, Beliefs and Attitudes of 2011 Incoming Freshmen Report


Walker Institute Report on Education, Race and Poverty in Kalamazoo








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