TACKLING THE ISSUE OF BLACK YOUTH AND CRIME!

A SUMMIT TO DEAL WITH THE BIG PROBLEM IN HOUSTON!

The Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs, Administration of Justice Department at Texas Southern University, in partnership with the Barbara Jordan Institute (BJI) will host a summit, entitled “Houston Black Youth and Violent Crime: An Open Forum” on Thursday, January 15, 2009, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm in the new Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs Building. This forum will discuss the findings of the studies of and attention being placed on the recent surge in homicides involving young black males within the Houston metropolex.

Individuals scheduled to participate in the workshop are Chief Michael Dirden, Houston Police Department – Assistant Chief – Criminal Investigation, Chief Goree Anderson, Chief Deputy with the Harris County Precinct 7 Constables Office, Everette Penn, Ph.D., Professor of Criminology – University of Houston Clear Lake, and Helen Greene, Ph.D., Interim Chair and Professor Administration of Justice – Barbara Jordan Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs at Texas Southern University. Other invited panelist include representatives from the Houston Independent School District and the Harris County Corrections Department. Invited special guests include newly elected Harris County Sheriff Adrian Garcia, members of the community ministerial alliances, city council members, and other community based participants.

The event will focus on the many issues we face as a community to combat the rising surge in homicides of young black males in order to develop evidenced based programming assessment. It is also organized to hear the prospective views of the academicians and practitioners in the field and engage the community in formulating a “what works approach”
The event will take place in the newly opened state of the art home of the Barbara Jordan – Mickey Leland School of Public Affairs on the campus of Texas Southern University, at the corner of Tierwester and Cleburne streets.

For additional information please contact LaRence Snowden at 713 313-6844.