Racial Disparities and Restorative Justice

43RD ANNUAL CONFERENCE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF SOCIAL WORKERS-WISCONSIN CHAPTER
KEYNOTE ADDRESS
Monday, October 23th   8:45 – 10:15 am

Addressing Racial Disparities and Promoting Restorative Justice in the Criminal Justice System

Presented by Honorable Everett Mitchell

JudgMitchellwebe and Pastor Everett Mitchell, recently elected as a Dane County Circuit Court Judge, has a history of community involvement. Before becoming Judge, he served as a mentor to the Young, Gifted and Black Coalition. After the killing of an unarmed black teenager in Madison by a police officer last year, Mitchell spoke to crowds protesting the killing. He also served on a task force that recommended changes in the policies governing use of deadly force by police.

Since 2011, Mitchell has been the senior pastor of Christ the Solid Rock Baptist Church in Madison, a congregation of more than 400 members. The former assistant Dane County District Attorney, Mitchell was most recently the director of community relations for the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he was responsible for a $350,000 investment in South Madison “the Partnership” office space that engages University and Community Partnerships.

Mitchell graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Law School where he received the Advanced Opportunities Fellowship as well as the Wisconsin Black Lawyers Award. Mitchell was a member of the UW-Madison Law Review and a Law School Mock Trial Team Member. He was also an academic math lead in the People Program.

Mitchell also previously served as the Associate Director for Madison Area Urban Ministry, a social justice agency in Madison that works to reintegrate ex-offenders in the community.

As a Circuit Judge, Mitchell is handling juvenile court cases. He considers an essential part of his job demystifying the criminal justice system, particularly when his audience includes youth and families of color. Shortly after he became judge he eliminated the restraints used in juvenile court. According to Mitchell, “This was a decades, maybe centuries old policy that shifted in a matter of months so we can return back to these kids a sense of humanity. If we don’t want them to become adult criminals, we shouldn’t treat them like adult criminals.”

As part of his continuing community involvement today, Mitchell continues to provide pro bono law services to disenfranchised people of Dane County and volunteers to teach young people their legal rights and responsibilities.

In 2017 Judge Mitchel received the 2017 Dane County/City of Madison Martin Luther King Jr. Humanitarian Award.

 

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