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  • 4th Circuit Court of Appeals judge to speak on racial equality

    Sep 11, 2015 | Read More News
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    admin logoSenior Judge Andre Davis of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will visit Tucson on September 28-29 in conjunction with the $150,000 Safety & Justice Challenge grant awarded to Pima County in May by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

    He will be speaking on “Racial and Ethnic Equality in the Criminal Justice System," at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29, in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room, first floor, 130 W. Congress.  The talk will be open to the public. The judge’s talk will be followed by a question and answer session and discussion of the Safety & Justice Challenge by a panel of local criminal justice representatives.

    The MacArthur Foundation grant is part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, the Foundation’s $75 million initiative to reduce use of incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.

    Pima County will use this planning grant to craft a comprehensive, time-sensitive and measurable plan among key criminal justice partners to identify and address practices that result in jail overcrowding and over-representation of low-income, minority and mentally ill adults in the jail population.

    Pima County and 19 other jurisdictions were chosen following a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions in 45 states.

    The County’s 2,377-bed jail is frequently near capacity, and the County estimates that by the year 2020 the detainee population could reach nearly 2,800 without interventions to divert low-risk defendants, improve behavioral health services and reduce recidivism.

    The Honorable Andre M. Davis was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in 2009 after being nominated by President Barack Obama.  Prior to this appointment, President William J. Clinton nominated him to serve as a judge on the U.S. District Court, District of Maryland, in 1995.

    More information on the Safety & Justice Challenge is at http://www.safetyandjusticechallenge.org/