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Case Studies of Nine Jurisdictions that Reduced Disproportionate Minority Contact in their Juvenile Justice Systems
(NCJ 250301) March 2014
Grant, 97 page(s)
Elizabeth Spinney, Marcia Cohen, William Feyerherm, Rachel Stephenson, Martha Yeide, Michael Hopps
Funded by OJJDP's Field Initiated Research and Evaluation (FIRE) Program beginning in 2009, Case Studies of Nine Jurisdictions That Reduced Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in Their Juvenile Justice Systems identified promising and best practices to reduce racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities at arrests, referrals to court, pre-adjudicated diversion, and placement in secure detention and confinement based on various systems improvement strategies. These strategies include implementing OJJDP's DMC Community and Strategic Planning curriculum to fidelity, and training for law enforcement on how to effectively interact with youth in communities and schools with a focus on cultural competency, the role of implicit bias, and data analysis. The case studies sites that reduced racial and ethnic disproportionality and disparities over at least three consecutive years are: Bernalillo County, New Mexico, Clark County, Nevada, the State of Connecticut, Essex County, New Jersey, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, Montgomery County, Alabama, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, and Utah County, Utah.