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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 provided 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 were 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 was part of OJJDP’s Smart on Juvenile Justice Initiative, which promoted juvenile justice reform through the adoption of evidence-based practices and developmentally appropriate approaches to juvenile justice.

DSG worked 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 also established a National Resource Center to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System website.

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

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