The Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction
Project


The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is conducting a nationwide search for jurisdictions to engage in a new effort to create fairer and more effective juvenile justice systems, the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project. Please follow the links below to learn more about the project, eligibility, and the application process.

About the Project

Through the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project, CCLP will select two local jurisdictions to engage in a strategic, data-driven effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, or disproportionate minority contact (DMC), in their juvenile justice systems.  Each jurisdiction will receive intensive site-based technical support and up to $25,000 per year for up to two years to supplement resources dedicated to racial and ethnic disparities reduction. 

The Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project, sponsored jointly by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, represents an innovative public-private partnership aimed at improving outcomes for youth of color in the juvenile justice system. Both OJJDP and the MacArthur Foundation have promoted efforts to develop and implement strategies that reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice.

CCLP is one of the leading national organizations working to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in juvenile justice. Selected jurisdictions will draw upon CCLP’s experience with effective approaches to DMC reduction. This includes CCLP’s coordination of the DMC Action Network, a project of the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. The DMC Action Network brought together seventeen jurisdictions in eight states to adopt sustainable and measurable strategies to reduce disparities.

For more information about the project, please download the press release and request for proposals.

Eligibility Criteria

This solicitation is open to local jurisdictions that are committed to engaging in a collaborative, data-driven effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems. Eligible applicants include local governments, courts, probation agencies, police departments, prosecutor’s offices and public defender’s offices. State agencies providing core juvenile justice system functions are also eligible to apply on behalf of a designated local jurisdiction. Non-profit organizations applying on behalf of local multi-agency juvenile justice collaboratives are also eligible. Applicants must demonstrate significant levels of stakeholder engagement, data capacity, and commitment to implementing juvenile justice reforms. Jurisdictions in the Models for Change “core” states (Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington) and in DMC Action Network “partner” states (Kansas, Maryland, North Carolina, Wisconsin) are not eligible for this project. Jurisdictions currently participating in the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) are not eligible because JDAI sites have substantial other resources to address racial and ethnic disparities through that initiative.

For more information on eligibility, program requirements, and selection criteria, please download and review the request for proposals.

How to Apply

Jurisdictions that would like to apply for participation in the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project should download and review the request for proposals. Applicants must then complete the following steps:

  1. Register your jurisdiction’s intent to apply with CCLP by 5:00p.m. EST, on February 24, 2012. Send an email to Tiana Davis, DMC Policy Director at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, at tdavis@cclp.org.  The registration e-mail should include the name and location of your jurisdiction, and the name, title, agency affiliation, email address, phone number, and mailing address of your jurisdiction’s primary contact for completing this application.  You will receive an email reply containing the application materials.


  2. Complete and submit the applicant questionnaire and required materials by 5 p.m. E.S.T., on March 5, 2012.  Completed applications should be forwarded to Tiana Davis at tdavis@cclp.org.  Your responses should be double-spaced, in 12 point font, and should not exceed a total of 20 pages.  Any attached graphs, diagrams, tables or reports do not count against this page limit.  All application materials should be submitted in a single electronic file in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.  You will receive an email reply confirming receipt of your application.


  3. Participate in a teleconference with the application review committee.  Finalists for this project will participate in a teleconference with CCLP staff and members of the review committee.  Several key juvenile justice stakeholders from your jurisdiction will be asked to participate in the teleconference.  The designated point of contact for each finalist jurisdiction will be notified and asked to coordinate the teleconference. 

Questions?

If you have any questions about the project or the application process, please contact Tiana Davis at tdavis@cclp.org.  

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Jurisdictions that would like to apply for participation in the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project should complete the following steps: