Illinois Department of Human Services
Division of Family & Community Services
Communities with a disproportionately high rate of minority youth who are involved in the juvenile justice system.
The goal of DMC is to reduce the disproportionate contact of minority youth in targeted communities through systems improvement strategies, development of community awareness, and by fostering positive youth development.
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) in partnership with DHS has allocated funding for three sites: Englewood, Sauk Village, and Macon County. In 2009, African-American youth in Illinois were arrested at a rate that was nearly five times the rate at which Caucasian youth were arrested. Minority over-representation is affected by decisions at many points throughout the juvenile justice system, beginning with the decision by law enforcement to arrest. The sites will work to address these issues through system change and community involvement.
The Burns Institute (BI) model for reducing minority over-representation is in part being utilized in the three sites. The BI model is a community driven, consensus-based process that focuses specifically and intentionally on reducing disproportionate minority contact. Program staff and non-program personnel are trained on DMC related issues such as cultural diversity, cultural awareness, bias and improving understanding of cultural differences.
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- The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) has begun a comprehensive assessment of DMC that will analyze the prevalence of DMC statewide.
- A virtual high school program was established providing students who have dropped out of school or been released from incarceration opportunities to obtain a high school diploma.
- Provided Training on DMC in school based settings for juvenile justice practitioners.