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1 Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration DMC Update Disproportionate Minority Confinement/Contact (DMC) is defined as the degree to which minority juveniles who come into contact with the law enforcement and juvenile justice systems differs from that of their numbers in the general population. DMC trends are nationwide, with overrepresentation of minority youth increasing at each point along the juvenile justice continuum. In Washington State, youth of color between the ages of 10 – 19 represent 39% of the general population and 55% of the youth involved in JRA. Disproportionality of WA Juveniles Ages by Race/Ethnicity DMC is especially noticeable at the deeper end of the juvenile justice continuum. Data by racial/ethnic group for County Detention (mid-level system involvement) and in JRA (deep-end involvement) show that: African-American youth have the highest level of disproportionality in both County Detention and JRA placements. Hispanic youth and American Indian youth are overrepresented at both levels, but their greatest level of overrepresentation is in County Detention. Southeast Asian and Pacific Islander youth compose the majority of the Asian youth category in County Detention and JRA. The proportions of white youth and Asian youth are both greater in the general population than in either County Detention or JRA commitments. September 2011

2 Juvenile Rehabilitation Administration DMC Update The Washington State Department of Social and Health Services JRA serves youth at the deep-end of the juvenile justice system. Mitigating the impact of DMC once youth are within JRA is important. In early 2010, JRA launched a Models for Change DMC Initiative funded by the John and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to evaluate service delivery and to ensure that minority youth receive the same benefit of JRAs programs and services as non-minority youth. This initiative aims to address DMC in Washington through implementing the following DMC strategies within JRA: JRA personnel will incorporate culturally responsive practices into their treatment protocol and interactions with JRA youth and families. Highlighted Activities: JRA has developed a research based DMC/Cultural Competence Curriculum and is currently delivering training to all JRA staff. JRA youth, families, and community stakeholders will be engaged in the care and rehabilitation of JRA youth. Highlighted Activities: JRA has facilitated focus groups of interested parties to improve its delivery of programs and services. Establish baseline data to measure DMC in JRA and effectiveness of DMC intervention strategies. Highlighted Activities: JRA is utilizing the services of an independent consultant to conduct a quantitative and qualitative analysis of juvenile court sentencing practices, disposition alternatives, and youth movement throughout JRAs continuum of care. Policies, procedures & treatment model will not exacerbate DMC in JRA. Highlighted Activities: JRA is examining its treatment model to ensure that programs and services are meaningful for youth and that skills acquired can be applied within the community. Public awareness of DMC causes and intervention strategies will be heightened through engaging in a DMC branding and marketing campaign. Highlighted Activities: JRA has developed a community engagement strategy to provide education on key DMC issues in Washington. More youth of color will receive disposition alternatives at the juvenile court level rather than being committed to JRA. Highlighted Activities: JRA is gathering and analyzing data related to the utilization of disposition alternatives for use by juvenile justice professionals. September 2011


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