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History of the Governor's Summit

The last Governor's Summit on Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System was held on November 16, 2009. The summit has the long-term goal to reduce disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system through strategic partnerships that develop a sustainable, ongoing effort to address over-representation. It is also a celebration of progress made by many committed state and community based groups and organizations.

"The State of Oregon is committed to ensuring equal and fair treatment for all children and youth in our state. The fact that youth of color are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system in Oregon and nationwide remains troubling, and this summit is designed to create a forum to understand and eliminate those disparities.

Additionally, the downstream effect on youth that enter the juvenile justice system is unacceptable: dropping out of high school, being placed in the child welfare system, inability to form healthy families, lack of job skills or recidivating, which creates more victims. The focus of this year’s summit is on ways to reduce these negative outcomes. Workshops on best practices nationwide will provide you an opportunity to promote strategies to reduce and eliminate overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems while improving school attendance and academic success for minority students."

Governor Ted Kulongoski, 2008 Governor’s Summit