Race Matters for Juvenile Justice is a collaborative leadership group formed by the Juvenile Judges of North Carolina’s 26th Judicial District.  It brings together judicial officers, systems’ experts, service providers and community partners who have set an agenda to reduce the disproportionate representation of and disparate outcomes for children and families of color in the juvenile justice system.

Collaborative Leadership Members

Elisa Chinn-Gary Clerk of Superior Court, RMJJ Co-Chair
Louis A. Trosch, Jr. Juvenile Court Judge, RMJJ Co-Chair
Rodney Adams Mecklenburg County DSS, Economic Services Division Director
Derrik Anderson Johnson C. Smith Department of Social Work, Professor
Jerry Boyce, Jr. RMJJ Administration Support
Charles Bradley Youth & Family Services, Director
Dianna Carter Family Court Liaison
Sarah Crowder Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, Senior Associate General Counsel
Dianne English Community Building Initiative, Director
Vicki Foster Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Deputy Chief
Dana S. Frady Guardian ad Litem Program, District Administrator
Angela Haywood Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Sergeant
C. Renee Jarrett Office of the Clerk of Superior Court, Legal Officer
Susan McCarter UNC-Charlotte School of Social Work, Researcher/Professor
Rickye McKoy-Mitchell Juvenile Court Judge
Russell Price Division of Adult Correction and Juvenile Justice, Chief Court Counsel
Willie Ratchford Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Relations Committee, Director
Heather Taraska Mecklenburg District Attorney’s Office, Assistant District Attorney
Torri Tellis Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Captain
Anne VanNewkirk VanNewkirk & Associates
Nikkeia Wiler The Possibility Project – Charlotte, Managing Director
Jason Williams MeckMin, Youth Programs & Communications

 

National & State Partners

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Casey Family Programs
NC Administrative Office of the Courts – Court Improvement Project
N.C. Division of Juvenile Justice
Racial Equity Institute

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community Partners

Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Office
Juvenile Court Judges of the 26th Judicial District & Office of the Family Court Administrator
Mecklenburg County Department of Social Services & Youth and Family Services
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools
Judicial District 26 Guardian ad Litem Program
Charlotte-Mecklenburg Community  Relations Committee
Justice Initiatives, Inc.
UNC Charlotte – School of Social Work
UNC Chapel Hill — School of Social Work
Community Building Initiative
Foresight Leadership Training Inst.
Johnson C. Smith University – Department of Social Work

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