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DMC Progress Updates

Racial, ethnic disparities addressed in Berks County, PA

December 8, 2008

Source: 2008 Update: Gathering Force

New detention screening method guides placement decisions in Rapides Parish, LA

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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Aug 2009: Reduction Signs of Progress

July 2009: Transformation at Annual Meeting

Feb 2009: Using Burns Institute Data Methods
Dec 2008: What DMC Reduction Is—and Is Not
Nov 2008: Intro to the DMC Action Network

Annual Meetings

June 2008

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.

October 2007

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.

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