Fort Worth, Texas, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation.
Fort Worth, Texas, is one of six pilot sites employing strategies, examining policies, and developing evidence through research to reduce implicit bias, enhance procedural justice, and promote racial reconciliation. The city was selected as a pilot site for its demonstrated willingness and capacity to engage in the National Initiative’s research, intervention, and evaluation process, as well as its jurisdiction size, ethnic and religious composition, and population density.
This status report describes Fort Worth's progress at the midpoint of the project’s second year.
A first site visit in May 2015 brought together interested residents and community groups of Fort Worth at the Potter's House to participate in a community convening to discuss the National Initiative project. At this convening, the National Initiative introduced the goals and strategies of the project and explained how community members can participate directly.
The National Initiative team also met with city leaders, representatives from the police department, and prosecutors to discuss the role of criminal justice practitioners in this historic initiative.
Below are some items that the National Initiative and Fort Worth have produced so far.
The National Initiative visited Forth Worth in November 2015 to review elements of the implementation plan and continue strategy planning for moving forward with Stockton's process.
The implementation plan for Forth Worth contains information regarding trainings in procedural justice and implicit bias as well as initial assessments of key stakeholders' attitudes going into the reconciliation process. The document goes into detail regarding unique interventions and what certain of these processes entail.
The National Initiative's first site visit to Forth Worth came in May 2015 when partners met to begin laying the foundation for the work that will take place over the next three years. The schedule included broader agenda setting with representatives from various groups and organizations as well as breakout meetings for smaller groups to discuss the strategy going forward.
Fort Worth is the 17th-largest city in the United States of America and the fifth-largest city in the state of Texas.
Center for Court Innovation - January 2016
Race, Data, and Procedural Justice: A Conversation with David Slayton
Miami Herald - March 2015
Justice Dept. uses grants to encourage good community-police relations
CBS DFW - March 2015
Fort Worth In Trial Program To Help Build Police/Community Trust
Fort Worth Star-Telegram - March 2015
Fort Worth to be a part of federal initiative to build trust with law enforcement
PBS News Hour - March 2015
Federal pilot project seeks to stem racial bias in law enforcement
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