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The RED Tool: Identifying and Rectifying Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Treatment Court Programming and Outcomes

June 26 @ 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm

Researchers have documented treatment courts’ ability to reduce recidivism among participants; however, one topic of concern has been racial and ethnic disparities in treatment court outcomes. Individuals from diverse racial and ethnic groups often have dissimilar rates of access to treatment courts and graduate from these programs at a lesser rate than their white counterparts. As a result, it is paramount that treatment court professionals and administrative offices of the court understand the factors that contribute to racial and ethnic disparities in treatment court programs and be equipped to address them. Faculty and staff in the School of Public Affairs at American University (AU) developed the Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) Program Assessment Tool (RED tool) to assist treatment courts in identifying and addressing disparities in their programs. The RED tool is a web-based survey geared to examine treatment courts’ operations and procedures, with an emphasis on examining areas where racial and ethnic disparities may be produced. This webinar will cover a review of research on racial and ethnic disparities in treatment courts, an overview of the RED tool, a summary of key findings from RED tool data, and an introduction to AU’s training and technical assistance approach.