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Effective Reduction of Racial and Ethnic Disparities- Continuation

Award Information

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Awardee County
District of Columbia
Funding First Awarded
Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $125,000)

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

This project will engage two new jurisdictions in the effective approach to reducing racial and ethnic disparities that was developed through Models for Change and the DMC Action Network. The goal of the Effective Reduction of Racial and Ethnic Disparities Project is to help two new jurisdictions to: (1) reduce over-representation of youth of color at key juvenile justice system decision points;
(2) reduce disparate treatment of youth of color at key juvenile justice system decision points; and (3) reduce unnecessary entry and movement deeper into the system for youth of color. With this funding, the Center for Children's Law and Policy (CCLP) will further expand effective strategies for eliminating disparities by selecting two new jurisdictions to participate in the Effective Reduction of Racial and Ethnic Disparities Project. CCLP will also continue to provide technical assistance to Arapahoe and Alachua Counties during this funding cycle.

The population to be served is youth of color in participating jurisdictions who are involved with, or at risk of becoming involved with, the juvenile justice system. More broadly, the project will advance learning and inform practice in the effective reduction of racial and ethnic disparities. CCLP will engage the counties in five key activities with this federal grant: (1) supporting the continued development of a governance structure to guide reforms in each site; (2) building each site's capacity to collect and analyze data; (3) assisting sites with the identification and implementation of interventions at key decision points, based on data collection and analysis; (4) helping sites monitor effectiveness of the interventions; and (5) documenting each site's work, significant outcomes, and lessons learned.

Date Created: September 16, 2014