The Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Practice Manual (Practice Manual) is a tool for public officials, agency administrators, community leaders, parents, and other advocates for children who are working to create more equitable and effective juvenile justice systems. The Practice Manual provides practitioners with concrete guidance and strategies, downloadable tools and resources, and examples of successful reform work in jurisdictions throughout the country. The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation supported the creation of this resource.
Chapter 1 of the Practice Manual provides an introduction to the problem of racial and ethnic disparities, including key terminology, basic principles, and relevant research. Chapter 2 outlines how to use data in a successful reform effort. Chapters 3 through 7 focus on reducing racial and ethnic disparities at key decision points in the juvenile justice system, from arrest through re-entry and transfer. For each of these decision points, the Practice Manual provides an overview of key issues, discusses data that should be collected and analyzed, and describes interventions, programs, and practices that have led to measurable reductions in racial and ethnic disparities.
Although Chapters 1 and 2 may be useful for jurisdictions working on reducing disparities at any decision point, it is not necessary to read through the entire Practice Manual. Each of the Chapters 3 through 7 can be read independently for targeted information on that decision point. Therefore, each chapter, listed below, can be downloaded separately.
The Center for Children’s Law and Policy is continuing to develop additional content for the Practice Manual. For questions related to the Practice Manual, please contact Tiana Davis, Policy Director for Equity and Justice, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-637-0377, extension 103.
Download each chapter below or click here to download a the full Practice Manual.
“The work of the DMC Action Network, led by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, demonstrated that communities can implement reforms that have a measurable and positive impact on youth of color.”
Laurie Garduque Director of Justice Reform, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
“CCLP has been instrumental in helping Fairfax County tackle issues surrounding racial and ethnic disparities. They have been extremely helpful in identifying specific areas to target, as well as work through individual problems and data issues. They have helped us focus our efforts, and their team has gone above and beyond to help us succeed.”
Courtney Porter Director of Research and Development, Fairfax County, Virginia, Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court
“CCLP helped change the culture and the landscape of law enforcement in this community. CCLP gave us the courage to look at the numbers. We’ve changed the way we do police work here in Gainesville and in Alachua County because of that relationship. We’re very thankful for CCLP coming into our lives several years ago and look forward to a long-term relationship with them moving forward.”
Captain Will Halvosa, Gainesville Florida Police Department
“It is an absolute pleasure to be working with CCLP on the campaign to Stop Solitary for Kids. I’m convinced we’re going to end this abusive practice once and for all.”
Marc Schindler Executive Director – Justice Policy Institute
“To first working with Mark 10 years ago as part of JDAI in Washington, DC to seeing CCLP really thrive over the last 10 years, I think I speak for the entire Casey Foundation when I say JDAI would not be where it is today without CCLP.”
Nate Balis Director, Juvenile Justice Strategies Group- Annie E. Casey Foundation