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Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System initiative provides education, resources, and training and technical assistance (TTA) to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system. Through this program, a range of TTA services and materials will be developed for state, tribal, community, and private organizations that serve youth of color who are involved in or at risk for becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. This initiative is part of OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative, which promotes juvenile justice reform through the adoption of evidence-based practices and developmentally appropriate approaches to juvenile justice.

Through this program, DSG can assess your unique TTA needs to measure the extent of DMC at different stages in your juvenile justice system and designing appropriate action plans. Our TA providers have decades of experience in the field and will work closely with TTA requesters to ensure the TTA provided is evidence based, individualized, and useful. Some of DSG’s TTA areas of focus are understanding and utilizing OJJDP’s DMC–reduction model; collecting, organizing, understanding, and using data; designing a DMC Assessment study; and moving from DMC Assessment to DMC Intervention. We can do this through individualized Webinars, site visits, and remote TTA.

In addition to our role providing individualized TTA, DSG works with OJJDP to determine gaps and deficiencies in existing materials on racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, to create a working group for the collection of racial/ethnic data, and to produce materials that disseminate the latest DMC trends, practices, and programming. DSG is also in the process of establishing a National Resource Center to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System website. The website will build on the most recent research on effective systems change strategies and programmatic interventions that address youth of color involved in the juvenile justice system.

DSG is working with OJJDP and the W. Haywood Burns Institute to implement this program.

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