Six Lessons Learned for Advancing Racial Equity at the Intersection of Criminal Justice and Behavioral Health

Past Event
February 29, 2024, 2:00- 3:30pm , Eastern

Hosted by The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the MacArthur Foundation 

The MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) aims to reduce jail incarceration and increase racial equity. The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center convened four SJC sites as part of a cohort to support connections among the sites and disseminate tips and strategies to the field on advancing racial equity through programming and practices.  

Join the CSG Justice Center for a facilitated panel discussion to learn about counties’ efforts to advance equity in their criminal justice and behavioral health systems. This webinar will be facilitated by Orleny Rojas from the Center for Effective Public Policy, with discussion structured around six key themes for implementing and maintaining initiatives focused on racial equity. County panelists will share their experiences and advice for keeping up momentum for racial equity initiatives and how to celebrate “small wins” in the face of challenges.  


  • Colleen Clark Bernhardt, Manager, Community Justice Coordinating Council, Dane County, WI  
  • Tamarine Cornelius, Research Analyst, Dane County (WI) Community Justice Council  
  • Ruchelle Pride, Director, Office of Justice Policy and Programs (Franklin County, OH) Interim Director, Franklin County (OH) Economic Development & Planning  
  • Orleny Rojas, Senior Manager, Center for Effective Public Policy  
  • Marc Strange, Clinical Services Manager, Durham County, NC  
  • Stephen Strzelecki, Clinical Director, Mecklenburg County (NC) Criminal Justice Services  
  • Chandra Tyler, Safety and Justice Challenge Equity Inclusion Consultant, Mecklenburg County, NC  
  • Bria Gillum, Senior Program Officer, Criminal Justice, MacArthur Foundation

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