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Sunday, August 11, 2019

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Auburn Avenue Research Library
101 Auburn Avenue NE
Atlanta, Georgia 30303
United States


The Baton Foundation, Inc., in partnership with Watchdogs for Justice and the Auburn Avenue Research Library on African American Culture and History, will host a community conversation about how to keep our children out of jail. This program is free and open to the public.

Program Narrative

Based on information collected by the Department of Justice in 2015, Black youth in the State of Georgia are almost 6 times as likely to be detained or committed when compared to White youth. Nationally, Black youth are 5 times as likely as White youth to be detained or committed.

Joshua Rovner, Senior Advocacy Associate with the Sentencing Project says, “The disparity exists because of differences in how young people of color are treated at every point of contact with the legal system, but the growth of the incarceration disparity is likely due to growing disparities in arrests, which feeds the rest of the system.” Mr. Rovner further explains that, “In an era of racial segregation, especially residential segregation, Black youths’ lives are surrounded by police officers, and their teenaged mistakes are more likely to land them in the juvenile legal system. White youths’ mistakes are not.”

About the Program

This program will examine the ways in which Black youth, Black boys, in particular, are targeted by the criminal legal system and what parents, guardians and those who care for and love them can do to keep them out of jail.

Using skits, research and years-long experience as a criminal defense attorney, Clara King will lead an inspiring and informative conversation focused on how to keep our youth out of jail. Among the topics Ms. King will cover are: what to do when stopped by police, and how one can exercise his or her 4th, 5th and 6th Amendment Constitutional rights.

About the Presenter

Clara Hunter King is president and a founding member of Watchdogs For Justice (WFJ). Since 1996, she has served as a criminal defense attorney and advocate for juvenile justice. In collaboration with other members of the WFJ team, Ms. King wrote two books–This Is Not Cool (Volumes I & II). Both books offer information that will steer young people away from the pitfalls that can land them in jail or prison. This Is Not Cool, Vol. I, made the Essence magazine best seller’s list in April 2007. In December 2012, King published her third crime-prevention book, Thirty-Five Years On Death Row. Her most recent book, Keeping Youth Out Of Prison, A Legal Guide For Teens And Their Parents In Plain English, was published in March 2015.

NOTE: Limited free parking is available in the lot behind the library. You may secure a parking pass from the library’s concierge desk. Also, recording of any kind is not permitted at Baton Foundation events.

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