In this department, Sedgwick Co. made meaningful strides with their DMC (Disproportionate Minorities Contact) Action Initiative, funded by Models for Change. From 2009-2011 the county saw a 31% and 26% reduction in arrests for African American and Latino Youth, respectively, over the course of 3 years. Though the road to justice can be painfully slow, strides such as these must be acknowledged when and where they are made.
[The Ins] Even with progress on the outs, kids are still serving time within the walls of institutions. Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility is a 108-bed facility in Wichita, Kansas. Though life in the facility is no summer camp, there is comparatively much worse out there. The youth have participated in an art project where they leave vibrantly-colored handprints on a wall of the facility. Corrections officers have to come up with activities once a month, so they are engaged in the full process. The images below show more positive strides in Sedgwick County.
Stay tuned for stories of the youth inside Sedgwick County Juvenile Detention Facility in the coming weeks.