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  NCJ Number: NCJ 241506     Find in a Library
  Title: An Impact Evaluation of Three Strategies Created To Reduce Disproportionate Minority Contact and the Detention Population
  Document URL: PDF 
  Author(s): Dr. Nancy Rodriguez ; Dr. Elizabeth Eell
  Date Published: 2013
  Page Count: 47
  Annotation: This study evaluated the effectiveness of three strategies developed by the Maricopa County (Arizona) Juvenile Probation Department to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and the number of youth placed in detention.
  Abstract: The three strategies assessed were revision of a detention index, a procedural change in the review of detention decisions, and a monitoring system for detained youth. Each of these of these three strategies contributed to a reduction in the juvenile detention population and the over-representation of minority youth in juvenile court. The strategies initiated an organizational focus on detention practices and engaged staff in a re-evaluation of detention decisions, with the intention of identifying youth ideally suited for detention. Efforts also include a continual review of the proportionate representation of minority youth processed in juvenile court. Although the strategies reduced racial/ethnic disparities in court outcomes, they did not eliminate such disparities. The study found that the success of these strategies depended on the implementation process and communication about the strategies among staff policymakers and decisionmakers. The evaluation recommends that other jurisdictions that are planning to address minority disproportionality and reduce detention populations should consider a multi-pronged approach similar to those implemented in Maricopa County. The major lessons learned from Maricopa County include the need for a clear internal communication/marketing plan; a documented implementation plan; ongoing measurement and feedback; and a review of the rationale for a process change. The evaluation relied on multiple methods, including secondary data analyses of official delinquency records and qualitative data from interviews and focus groups conducted with court and probation officials. 15 figures, 25 references, and appended former and revise detention index as well as interview questions
  Main Term(s): Juvenile detention
  Index Term(s): Juvenile detention reform ; Minority juvenile offenders ; Minority overrepresentation ; OJJDP final report ; OJJDP grant-related documents ; Arizona
  Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2009-JF-FX-0101
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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https://www.ncjrs.gov/App/Publications/abstract.aspx?ID=263596

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