Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project
Through the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project, CCLP will select two local jurisdictions in early 2012 to engage in a strategic, data-driven effort to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC). 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.
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.