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For minority youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system, statistics have shown that there is a greater likelihood that they will receive differential or disparate treatment leading to their progression deeper into the system. The Collaboration Council’s Disproportionate Minority Contact Reduction Initiative, an initiative of our Equal Justice for All Youth program area, works toward ensuring that our local juvenile justice system responds with fair and equitable treatment for all youth, regardless of race and ethnicity.

Bringing Partners Together for Change

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Reduction Initiative Committee. Working to address disparities in treatment within the juvenile justice system by analyzing various factors, including but not limited to indirect effects of polices, practices and legislation that lead to disproportionate impact, contact with law enforcement, equal opportunities for diversion, objective decision-making on detaining youth, and community-based alternatives to detention while protecting public safety. Founded in 2007.

Serving Youth

Evening Reporting Center. The ERC is an alternative to secure detention for youth who have been charged with an offense that warrants detention or close supervision prior to their adjudicatory hearing .Youth attend from 4-8pm Monday through Friday. The ERC provides necessary structure, support, pro-social asset building and academic help to lead to successful outcomes for youth. This reduces the long-term negative effects associated with detention, while working to prevent recidivism.

Boy’s Shelter Re-opening. Provides a temporary home for court-involved male youth ages 13-17.

Psychiatric Services at Noyes Children’s Center. At DJS’s request, contracting with a local behavioral health provider to assess and treat the mental health needs of youth who are detained; also includes field placement of psychiatric interns at Noyes.

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