DMC Progress Updates
December 8, 2008
Source: 2008 Update: Gathering Force
December 1, 2008
Source: 12/08 DMC Action Network eNews Issue #2
For a list of 2008 acheivements by state see Local sites and partners.
DMC eNews reports on the action network's efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact in juvenile justice systems. Each issue includes a feature story, site profile and other work updates.
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The DMC Action Network held its second annual meeting in June 2008. The meeting focused on I) Data Collection and Analysis and II) DMC Performance Measures. Special sessions were also held on graduated sanctions and on technical assistance for DMC coordinators. Meeting presentations are available on the CCLP website.
The Center for Children's Law and Policy hosted the first annual meeting of the DMC Action Network in Washington, DC on October 24-25, 2007. Approximately 75 people attended including juvenile justice advocates, defense attorneys, judges, prosecutors, community members and others working most closely to address DMC at the local level. This first meeting provided an opportunity for the 12 DMC Action Network sites across the country to convene and discuss the many successful DMC reduction strategies in each of the sites, and to learn from their Network counterparts and other national DMC and juvenile justice experts.
The meeting featured a series of workshops and presentations on six strategic innovations to effectively reduce DMC, such as data-driven practices, alternative programs and diversion services, cultural competence and community responsiveness, ethnicity and language data collection, post-disposition DMC issues, and risk screening tools. Each Network site will select and implement at least one strategic innovation during Year 1 of its participation in the DMC Action Network. Meeting presentations are available on the CCLP website.