The Lost Generation Task Force, created to reduce the number of young African-American and Hispanic men who end up in prison, named its first executive director, the News & Observer reported May 25.
Landon J. Adams, a recent graduate of the divinity program at Duke University, will lead the group as it works with community members and agencies to reverse the trend.
The task force, an affiliate of the Martin Luther King Resource Center in Raleigh, was created last year in response to a four-part documentary aired on WRAL-TV examining why many young black men go to prison, the newspaper said.
Six in 10 of North Carolina prison inmates are black, the N&O reported, but represent only two in 10 of the state’s generation population.
The group is funded by several grants, including $100,000 from Capitol Broadcasting Co. and WRAL-TV, and is partnering in the effort with the Wake County Sheriff’s Office, the Raleigh Police Department, Wake County Schools and the county’s parks and recreation department.