The Rapidian

criminal justice

Delta Program encourages teen boys to tell their stories, learn from community leaders

by (Elizabeth Roger...)

Submitted 02-27-2018 under PLACE-MATTERS

On Friday, February 9, 2018, teen boys from the Delta Project gathered at the Grand Rapids Community Media Center's Wealthy Annex and worked with their teachers, community members and a film production crew to produce a series of interviews,...

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Grand Rapids Public Schools’ Parent University to host screenings of American Divided

by (Natalie Hart)

Submitted 08-08-2017 under NONPROFITS

On Wednesday, June 28, over 600 people gathered at Celebration Cinema South to watch two screenings of America Divided, a film series that explores some of America’s thorniest issues—criminal justice, housing equity, education,...

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Voting for Kent County Prosecutor: Alida Bryant runs on reform; Chris Becker on continuity

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-04-2016 under NEWS

The Kent County Prosecutor represents the State and the County in charging and prosecuting individuals accused of crimes from trespassing to murder, as well as in matters of family law. The office also works with police, the courts, and community...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma focuses on school resource officers for community policing, heroin addiction

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

In part one and part two of his interviews, Republican candidate and current Kent County Sheriff Lawrence Stelma described the scope of the Sheriff's office and the steps taken toward diversity and inclusion.  Community policing When asked...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Scruggs talks criminal justice system reforms

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 11-01-2016 under NEWS

Michael Scruggs, Democratic Candidate for Kent County Sheriff, has talked in part one and part two about the racial history behind his campaign and the changes he would like to make within the Sheriff's office. In this final portion of his...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Stelma feels "Fortunate race has not been an issue"

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

Here are the first parts of Michael Scruggs' and Lawrence Stelma's interviews. The issue of race When asked if the question of race affects the election, Stelma didn’t think it was an issue. “We have a...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Scruggs focuses on reducing incarceration

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-28-2016 under NEWS

Here are the first parts of Michael Scruggs' and Lawrence Stelma's interviews. Bringing a new perspective to the Sheriff’s office Given the historical context of the first part of his interview, Scruggs has some clear ideas about the...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Michael Scruggs takes a historical perspective

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-25-2016 under NEWS

This November, Kent County voters will elect a Sheriff. Though the municipal police departments have jurisdiction over patrolling and policing functions within city limits, the Sheriff oversees the security of the county courts and the correctional...

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Voting for Kent County Sheriff: Lawrence Stelma wants voters to choose experience

by (arcarpenter)

Submitted 10-25-2016 under NEWS

This November, Kent County voters will elect a Sheriff. Though the municipal police departments have jurisdiction over patrolling and policing functions within city limits, the Sheriff oversees the security of the county courts and the correctional...

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