Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project
On September 23, 2014, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) begins a nationwide search for two local jurisdictions to engage in a newly expanded effort to create fairer and more effective juvenile justice systems. Each jurisdiction selected will receive intensive site-based technical support from the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project and up to $25,000 per year for up to two years to engage in a strategic, data-driven effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities, or disproportionate minority contact (DMC), in the juvenile justice system.
Initiated in 2011, 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, represented an innovative public-private partnership aimed at improving outcomes for youth of color in the juvenile justice system. Over the past two years, Arapahoe County Colorado and Alachua County, Florida, the two jurisdictions selected to participate in the first round of the project, have worked diligently to implement data-driven policy and practice reforms aimed at reducing disparities.
According to Anna Lopez, Program Grant Manager for the Colorado Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance, who also serves as Colorado’s DMC Coordinator “The grant and most importantly the technical assistance provided by the Center for Children's Law and Policy have been the catalyst to start moving on some much needed system changes.” As these jurisdictions begin to see measurable improvements in outcomes for youth of color, this new phase of the project creates an opportunity for two new jurisdictions to receive technical assistance and support to bolster their efforts to reduce disparities.
The Racial and Ethnic Disparities Project is part of a broader collaboration between OJJDP and the MacArthur Foundation. For more information about this project or the other partnerships, please download the press release.
The Bureau of Justice Statistics estimates that more than 1 in 10 youth in state juvenile facilities and large local facilities were sexually victimized by staff or youth in a 12-month period.