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Seeing RED

Seeing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice system.

We know that nearly all youth, as part of typical adolescent development, engage in delinquency.  Unfortunately, data reflects that the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice system impacts youth of color more often, and more harshly, at nearly every decision point than is does for white youth in our communities.  Seeing RED explores this upsetting phenomena, dissects solutions which can be implemented, and challenges everyone to be part of reversing this trajectory which pushes some youth deeper and deeper into our juvenile justice system.

JDAI Massachusetts produced Seeing RED as a tool for our community of committed juvenile justice stakeholders.  This film lays out the problem and the national and local best practices to address disparity.  We hope that this film will be screened in a group setting, followed by a robust discussion of what we can do to help all our children and increase equity in our system. 

JDAI Massachusetts has produced supporting materials and discussion guides which are provided on this webpage.  Moreover, we are training facilitators to support and guide the important conversations which will follow a screening.  Explore our site below to learn more.  Questions may be directed to

Enjoy Seeing RED.


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Seeing RED: National and Local Strategies informed by Data to Reduce RED

  • Training on ways to counteract Implicit Bias in the professional sphere
  • Objective Screening tools – RAI, MASTLE, DPI, JPAST, OYAS,YLS-CMI
  • Standardized self-report of data collection on race and ethnicity with all system stakeholders
  • Probation Amnesty days for defaults and misdemeanor offenders, Graduated response tools, Police and Clerk Magistrate Diversion programs, Dually Involved Youth dedicated dockets, Reminder Calls, Specialty Courts
  • DA Diversion programs pre and post-arraignment
  • Evening reporting centers, GPS monitors, Reception Centers, Domestic Violence Diversion Centers, Transportation Vouchers, Court date Reminder Applications,
  • DDAP, Wrap Around, Colloquy Project, Juvenile Resource Centers, Youth Sports Leagues, Gang Mediation, Police Athletic Leagues, School Based Diversion
  • Policy change – Jurisdictional Age- floor and ceiling, Limiting School Based Policing, Court Hours of Operation and Case Processing Time Frames, Defining High risk apart from High Need, Legal Representation for all youth
  • Assess the functioning of our systems, agencies, and organizations through a Racial Equity and Inclusion lens.

Host a Screening and Discussion

Would you like to host a Screening and Discussion of Seeing RED with your group?  Below you will find some tips and tools to make a screening of this film simple.


To support your discussion of Racial and Ethnic Disparities, we have prepared some materials to assist.

Becoming A Seeing RED Facilitator

JDAI Massachusetts is currently seeking passionate and dedicated individuals to support our efforts to encourage dialogue about race, equity and inclusion in the Massachusetts’ youth-serving systems.   We provide training, support, and a peer network of individuals to share experiences and reflections.  Screening and Discussions happen throughout the state and we seek to pair facilitators together in this work.  

If you would like to be a part of our network of facilitators, or would like to learn more, please email

About the Director: Casey C. Hayward

Emmy award-winning documentary filmmaker Casey Hayward has a knack for finding the beauty and quirkiness in life. His films explore the creative process, whether in the arts or engaging issues of social justice. Casey enjoys finding small stories that speak to larger concerns in our society, culture and environment. Hayward has won numerous festival and broadcast awards in his 15-year career. His films have screened theatrically, on the web and on PBS. As an Associate Professor of Documentary Filmmaking at Bentley University, Casey enjoys connecting his filmmaking experience with students eager to learn how to be effective communicators. Casey holds a Masters of Fine Arts degree from Savannah College of Art and Design in Film and Television Production. He continues to search out topics of interest and import to audiences craving uncommon stories drawn from the world around us.