Dr. Raj Sethuraju will examine the social construct of poverty, it's impact on crime and incarceration and how incarceration, in return, impacts poverty which feeds recidivism. Participants will work in restorative circles to better understand poverty’s role in humanity and how to separate poverty from criminalization. He will discuss his poverty simulation and what’s gained from that experience.
Dr. Raj Sethuraju will also explore implicit bias, how it impacts the community, how to recognize it and what we can do to reduce the impact it has.
He helped organized Hennepin and Ramsey County’s warrant forgiveness day for non-violent, misdemeanor warrants. This helped ease expense for both people with limited incomes and for the courts/taxpayers themselves. This was one of the action steps that helps ease increased criminalization of people with limited income compared to others who can afford to pay fines and fees, driving fines or loitering charges, for example, to avoid a warrant. This program changed the fees into Sentence to Serve time. We will discuss other action steps that can reduce implicit bias and may help reduce the criminal justice system’s impact on poverty.
Presenter(s): Dr. Raj Sethuraju–
Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement, Metro State
Dr. Raj Sethuraju is the Assistant Professor in Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement at Metro State University. He hosts a poverty simulation for several groups including students going into Law Enforcement. Dr. Raj Sethuraju participates in multiple boards and committees focused on reducing mass incarceration, improving restorative practices and increasing education that leads to more respectful practices and improves safety. Dr. Raj Sethuraju has received many awards and honors and he is the 2016 Facing Race Ambassador. He hosts many trainings/simulations on poverty and social justice and is known for his restorative circle process.
ADDRESS: 553 Fairview Ave. Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104