The Delaware Criminal Justice Council’s Racial and Ethnic Fairness Committee, Co-chaired by Justice Henry DuPont Ridgely and Chief Judge Alex J. Smalls, developed a Declaration of Leading Practices to Protect Civil Rights and Promote Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal Justice System. It was adopted on April 19, 2010 as a component of the Criminal Justice Council’s continual endeavor for an effective system that is fair, efficient, and accountable.
Article IX of the Declaration addresses preference for grants and states that any applicant that certifies compliance with the Declaration shall be given preference in the awards of grants administered by the Criminal Justice Council over any applicant that does not so certify. The Criminal Justice Council Staff is in the process of implementing this change in its grant award process. We need assistance from our current subgrantees.
In order to establish the current compliance level of each agency we are requesting that you complete the Practices to Protect Civil Rights and Promote Racial and Ethnic Fairness Tool and submit it to Ms. Corrine Pearson on or before January 19. 2012. You can submit your completed form by mail:
Criminal Justice Council
820 N. French Street
Wilmington, DE 19801
You may also request the Word document format and email the completed form to Corrine Pearson, firstname.lastname@example.org on or before the due date. To request a copy of the Word document call (302) 577-5030.
Declaration Form instructions can be obtained here.
It is very important that you respond to this request as it could impact current and future funding. Your response will have two advantages for your agency. It will help you determine your current level of certification and will assist you in developing a strategy to increase your ability to compete for future funds.