DMC Action Network
Published Jun 5, 2012, DMC Action Network
What do Alachua County, Florida, and Arapahoe County, Colorado, have in common? They're the next two jurisdictions to benefit from a new effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.
With funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, both counties will participate in the newly launched Racial and Ethnic Disparities Reduction Project. Through the project, the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP) will provide intensive site-based technical assistance to both counties. The jurisdictions can also receive up to $25,000 per year for up to two years to support their work, plus $5,000 per year for travel to other jurisdictions that have successfully reduced DMC.
According to DMC Policy Director Tiana Davis, the collaboration represents a unique opportunity to extend successful strategies from the DMC Action Network and other successful efforts to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. "Thanks to the jurisdictions that have pioneered reform, we now know more about how to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. Through the public and private investments in this new project, two counties now have an opportunity to translate that knowledge into measurable outcomes for youth of color."