San Francisco is set to become the first major city in the U.S. to close its juvenile detention center at the end of 2021. What does this closure mean for our youth and the community at large? Huckleberry’s Community Assessment & Resource Center (CARC) has been at the forefront of juvenile justice reform in San Francisco for more than two decades. Join us for a discussion on the closure, Huckleberry’s juvenile justice diversion programming, and creative community-based solutions for arrested youth moving forward. Huckleberry’s Director of Youth Justice, Denise Coleman, and Executive Director, Douglas Styles, will lead the panel discussion. A Zoom link will be emailed to all who register to attend the panel.
Panelists for the Juvenile Justice Reform Discussion will include:
Sheryl Evans Davis, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Rights Commission. Sheryl helped launch the City’s Office of Racial Equity, facilitated community discussions and led the process on the allocation of law enforcement dollars to the Black community. Mayor London Breed tapped Sheryl to lead her Opportunities for All Youth Internship program. Other projects entrusted to Sheryl include chairing the Mayor’s Blue Ribbon panel on Juvenile Justice Reform, Coordinating the Reparations Advisory Committee, leading community engagement for the Alternatives to Policing Steering Committee and oversight of the Close Juvenile Hall Working Group. Sheryl continues to support the build out of an equity framework focused on outreach, engagement and amplifying community voice.
Allison Magee, Executive Director, Zellerbach Foundation and San Francisco Mayor’s Blue Ribbon Task Force for Juvenile Justice Reform. Allison’s work as Deputy Director of the San Francisco Juvenile Probation Department includes the development of a national model for juvenile justice system reform. Allison also established a collaborative model for the city’s funding of community-based services that resulted in over $14 million in dedicated funding for violence prevention programs for San Francisco youth. In 2010, Allison was awarded SPUR’s Good Governance Award for her work at JPD.
About Huckleberry’s Community Assessment & Resource Center (CARC):
Recent Department of Justice data shows that Black and Latinx populations are much more likely to experience use of police force, when compared to White people. The prison system reflects the same inequity, disproportionately impacting Black and Latinx communities.
Huckleberry’s Community Assessment and Resource Center (CARC), est. in 1998, was created to combat these inequities by providing arrested San Francisco youth, a majority being youth of color, with community-based programming to stay out of detention and avoid further involvement in the juvenile justice system.
CARC is one of the programs credited with reducing juvenile detention bookings by 75% over the past 20+ years, with juvenile hall less than 25% full today.
This is a FREE event however, donations of any amount are welcome. A gift of $250 provides an arrested youth with crisis services at the time of arrest and one session of individual and family therapy before going home.