MDC’s North Campus to Host Training Conference on Disparities in Justice

Miami, Sept. 18, 2018 – Miami Dade College’s (MDC) School of Justice, Public Safety and Law Studies, in collaboration with Public Defender Carlos Martinez, will host a one-day training conference on Disparities (in) Justice on Wednesday, Oct. 10, at MDC’s North Campus. The conference is free and open to the public.

Today’s criminal justice leaders have a number of promising and evidence-based practices to draw upon when implementing new public safety efforts. Among these reforms is a frequently practiced but often overlooked approach that has increasingly been identified by researchers as an evidence-based, cost-effective way to reduce crime: procedural justice. Procedural justice (sometimes called procedural fairness) is the idea that how individuals regard the justice system is tied more to the perceived fairness of the process and how they were treated rather than the perceived fairness of the outcome. In other words, even someone who receives a traffic ticket or loses a case in court will rate the system favorably if they feel that the outcome is arrived at fairly.

The Disparities (in) Justice conference will cover several topics, including Procedural Justice: A Fair Process Matters; Unequal Treatment: Racial and Ethnic Disparities (ACLU Report); Pretrial Justice – Research on Release Alternatives; Consequences of an Arrest and Conviction; The Herald Tribune “Bias on the Bench” and “One War. Two Races” Investigative Reports, and proposed database to reduce disparities in sentencing; Sentencing Reform: How we got here and the way forward; and “Solutions – Roadmap to Reform” panel.

About MDC’s School of Justice
MDC’s renowned School of Justice has been training and educating public safety professionals for nearly 42 years, domestically and internationally. More than 80 percent of all public safety professionals in Miami-Dade County have been trained at the School of Justice. The school offers a Bachelor in Applied Science degree in public safety management with seven specialized tracks, associate degrees in criminal justice, college credit certificates in homeland security and crime scene technology, certifications in basic law enforcement, corrections and firefighter, and private security, and specialized executive leadership training and assessment services.

For more information, please contact Dr. Raimundo Socorro,

RSVP for free:

WHAT:        Disparities (in) Justice

WHEN:       Monday, Oct.  8, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:     MDC North Campus, Room 3249 (Building 3)

11380 NW 27th Ave.