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CAIR-MN, Coalition to Stop Cradle to Prison Algorithm Welcome Decision to Dissolve Joint Powers Agreement

(MINNEAPOLIS, MN, 1/28/19) – The Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-MN) and Coalition to Stop Cradle to Prison Algorithm today welcomed the decision by St. Paul and Ramsey County leaders to dissolve the Joint Powers Agreement.

Coalition to Stop the Cradle to Prison Algorithm (CPA Coalition) includes CAIR-MN and 20 organizations and community members that have asked the agencies to walk away from the faulty process and legal agreement since it was first announced and to start over again with community as formal partners in advancing upfront services and investments to improve outcomes for youth and families.  

SEE: St. Paul, Ramsey County, school officials dissolve joint powers agreement

“Today we welcome the decision by city and county officials to dissolve the Joint Powers Agreement,” said CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein. “Community leaders have been demanding an end to this flawed and bias based policy that uses an algorithm to create another cradle to prison pipeline.”

“This is the right thing to do,” said Marika Pfefferkorn, CPA Coalition Co-founder and Twin Cities Innovation Alliance (TCIA) Director. “We know that predictive technologies cannot be detached from human bias and error. And while data can be a tool for positive change, it is also clear that there are many risks that we need to unpack in relationship to the JPA and Big Data, Predictive Analytics and Algorithms and their potential to amplify racial and ethnic disparities in the education and the juvenile justice systems.”  

Laura LaBlanc from InEquality added: “Data can never replace people and relationships, which are the most important elements of successful interventions. We need to invest in the kinds of community-based programming and supports that build upon the strengths of kids and families, not just analyze them for risks. And we need to ensure interagency coordination maintains clear barriers to criminal justice pathways.”

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.


CONTACT:  CAIR-MN Executive Director Jaylani Hussein, 612.406.0070; Marika Pfefferkorn 612.229.4328; Laura LaBlanc, 651.263.0739; Laura Jones, 612.322.4300



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