Target Area #2 -- Philadelphia
After gaining experience with the coalition model in Dauphin County, the JAC subcommittee identified a second target area in 1992. Based on the original data analysis, which identified Philadelphia as having the highest number and percentage of minority juvenile arrests statewide (65.9 percent), further analysis of data from all 23 police districts was conducted to identify the police district in which the DMC effort could have the greatest possible impact. The 25th Police District was chosen because of its high number of juvenile offenses, high rate of juvenile crime per 100,000 population (the total number of offenses divided by the total juvenile population), high percentage of drug-related offenses, and diverse racial population (40 percent African-American, 35 percent Hispanic, 23 percent white, and 2 percent Asian-American).10 Like Dauphin County's coalition model, the formative meeting of the Philadelphia coalition involved police; probation officers; school personnel; city, State, and Federal representatives; and citywide youth-serving agencies. This group, now known as the East Division Coalition, has held monthly meetings since 1992. A director was hired in 1994 with seed subgrant funds provided by PCCD per JAC's recommendation.
Programs implemented in Philadelphia include:
Encouraged by the success of these programs and the effectiveness of the East Division Coalition, the Philadelphia Department of Human Services has assumed the responsibility of providing funding for these programs.