Commission to hold hearings on justice inequality

DOVER — The Delaware Access to Justice Commission is conducting hearings over the next two months focused on alleged inequality in the state’s criminal justice system.

Established by Delaware Chief Justice Leo Strine, the commission will hear from recognized experts and members of the public. Those on the commission will examine how policies supposedly impact racial disparities and how they can be changed.

Experts will speak on Oct. 22 from 1 to 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Downtown Wilmington at 700 N. King St. and on Nov. 13 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront in Wilmington at 815 Justison St.

Members of the public are invited — but will not be able to comment during these sessions.

Video and summaries of the hearings will be posted online at www.courts.delaware.gov/supreme/access.stm.
Individuals seeking to provide testimony can do so at one of four hearings. They should pre-register first at the above address.

Each public session will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The first will be held Dec. 1 at First State Community Action Agency at 308 N. Railroad Ave. in Georgetown. The commission will be in Middletown the following day at Middletown High School, located at 120 Silver Lake Road. On Dec. 8, individuals can speak in Wilmington at Howard High School at 401 E. 12th St. The final session is scheduled for Dec. 9 at William Henry Middle School in Dover, located at 65 Carver Road.

Comments can be submitted at the commission’s website until Dec. 18.

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