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4D DMC Reduction Plan for 2009-2010
Illinois DMC is constantly striving to incorporate new and innovative techniques for addressing DMC. In Illinois, population rates are fluctuating at a rapid rate due to the rise of gentrification in major cities such as Chicago. This has caused a substantial migration towards new areas that were once more sparsely populated, especially Chicago's northern and southern suburbs. The job market, economy, and educational system all continue to change substantially from year to year. Illinois DMC has remained focused on monitoring these trends over time, and incorporating the appropriate adaptations. Information gathered from the monitoring of these trends, statewide data, and from community outreach will be used towards cultivating DMC expansion.
Effective June 30, 2010, the original four DMC sites (St Clair County, Lawndale, Peoria and South Suburban Cook County) will no longer be funded by the Commission. This is in keeping with the long-range plan for local sustainability. The newer pilot sites will continue operations at a reduced level of funding.
In concurrence with this decision, The IJJC is preparing to host a statewide DMC Learning Workshop. This event will be a two day conference that details the intricacies of DMC, its history in the state and methodology's for sustaining community participation and engagement. The workshops will serve as a catalyst for selecting new sites to take part in DMC efforts. Current DMC coordinators, law enforcement practitioners, and representatives from Illinois State Government will all participate in this event Communities and stakeholders from across Illinois will be invited to the event to learn more about DMC, and how they can become involved with the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commissions effort to reduce racial disparities in the criminal justice system. Communities must display a strong level of community competency and show tangible support from local law enforcement agencies, elected representatives, schools, and community centers in order to apply. The workshop will be June 17-18, 2010, in Oakbrook, Illinois.
Site readiness assessments will be conducted for each site that successfully enters the applicant pool, and then the IJJC will convene to review the assessments and determine new sites. These sites would be expected to begin implementation in year three of the three year plan.
Members of the IJJC will continue to serve on the Disproportionate Justice Impact Study Commission and taskforce that is currently researching economic, policy and trends.
The statewide DMC coordinator will continue to work to address the issues and strategies identified by the African American Males taskforce report that identifies the causal factors attributing to the conditions, pinpoint services rendered to African American males, identified gaps in those services, and developed benchmarks for success.
The SAG anticipates that following a review of the early success of the First Defense Legal Aid's grant to provide access to counsel at the stage of arrest, that an extension will be granted to FDLA to extend the pilot an additional year. Through data collection in 2010 and beyond, FDLA will be able to track its progress and better quantify its direct impact. In the years to come, FDLA's Juvenile Justice Program will continue to decrease the disproportionate minority juvenile contact within the criminal system.
The SAG will continue to explore a partnership with Governor's State University (GSU) to revise the study previously commissioned by the SAG to study DMC through Chapin Hall (Dr. Jeffrey Butts). If GSU and the SAG can agree on a plan for full implementation of the DMC study, the SAG hopes to have a contract in place to begin the work sometime during year two with completion of the study to occur in year three.
The SAG will continue to support and promote potential legislation that will improve DMC in Illinois and promote system fairness.
The SAG will continue to partner with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Models For Change Initiative and the Children and Family Justice Center of Northwestern School of Law to identify and address systems issues related to DMC in Illinois.
Phase IV Evaluation
The IJJC will continue its work toward a formal evaluation of state DMC initiatives. The activities proposed in last year's application did in fact take place, however, the SAG was very disappointed with the final design, implementation and results of the study. The SAG has approached Governor's State University (GSU) to review the work of Chapin Hall and Dr. Butts to determine if this approach can be modified in such a way that it can be implemented effectively so as to not loose the good work that was in fact completed in the process. A preliminary agreement to submit a proposal to the SAG was achieved and the SAG anticipates a partnership with GSU to revise the study. If GSU and the SAG can agree on a plan for full implementation of the DMC study, the SAG hopes to have a contract in place to begin the work sometime during year two with completion of the study to occur in year three.
RRI data will continue to be collected, along with performance measures for the individual DMC sites, to ensure that the IJJC continues to have the ability to evaluate the performance of the sites' efforts to reduce DMC.
Phase V Monitoring:
The IJJC will continue to fund ICJIA to research and develop the annual Juvenile Justice System and Risk Factor Data report, which includes an annual analysis of DMC. This report is used to determine trends, improvements and challenges in DMC by county and statewide, as available. Further, the DMC sites funded by the IJJC provide quarterly RRI data to the statewide DMC Coordinator for analysis and to be presented to the DMC Committee and the IJJC at their quarterly meetings. The DMC sites also provide narrative reports of their progress, successes, challenges and any changes made to their plans as they review and analyze their DMC data.
The state will continue to fund a statewide coordinator through a grant to the Youth Network Council. The coordinator is contractual staff under that grant supervised by the provider. YNC takes direction from the Juvenile Justice Specialist, assists the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and the Department in assuring Illinois' compliance with the forth core requirements of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which requires assessment and reduction of the rate of disproportionate contact of minority youth with the juvenile justice system (DMC). Identifies and implements strategies to address DMC and minority over-representation in the juvenile justice system. Participates in efforts to collect and analyze juvenile justice and youth services data. Provides intensive, on-site technical assistance to jurisdictions implementing DMC reduction strategies; serves as liaison between jurisdictions implementing DMC strategies, the IJJC and the DMC project developer. Identifies training and technical assistance needs of juvenile justice system practitioners and local boards, and develops training strategies; researches best practices to inform program development in relation to DMC; makes presentations and recommendations to the IJJC with regard to DMC in Illinois. The coordinator will continue to facilitate quarterly meetings, conduct quarterly site visits and be available for individual meetings or technical assistance needs when requested or deemed necessary.
The Statewide Coordinator will visit each local DMC site at least quarterly to provide technical assistance and support, assess training needs. In addition, the statewide coordinator will bring together all funded DMC site coordinators a minimum of three times per year to review objectives, progress, data collection efforts, accomplishments, challenges, performance measures, annual plans etc. Further, IDHS has additional staff that provide technical assistance and monitoring activities to all communities/providers funded through the Division including DMC. These staff will conduct visits at least once per year and more as necessary. Quarterly expenditure reports are also reviewed.
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