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Collecting and Analyzing Data on Racial and Ethnic Disparities: The Peoria Pilot Project

Published Apr 1, 2009, James Bell, Laura John Ridolfi, Lori Brown

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The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation collaborated to develop and pilot a data template that enables local jurisdictions to strategically gather data to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in their juvenile justice systems.

This report represents an effort by the BI and the MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change partners – the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) and the Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) – to develop and pilot a standard set of data elements and step-by-step tools that are meant to assist local jurisdictions with the process of data collection, analysis, and utilization. In that regard, we tested the data template in Peoria, Illinois, to assess the ability of one local jurisdiction to gather and analyze the prescribed information. The results discussed in this document are based upon the capacity of Peoria in the fall of 2007.


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Models for Change was a juvenile justice systems reform initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.