2010 October 18 - DMC Minutes

October 18, 2010
2:00 P.M. - 4:-00 P.M.

160 N. LaSalle Street, 10th Floor
Chicago, Illinois, 60601

I.  Call to order

Meeting was called to order at 2:04pm.

II. Approval of Minutes

No minutes to approve, last DMC minutes approved at IJJC meeting held September 3, 2010.

III. Data Collection and Reporting

The Committee discussed that the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) has the data needed but not across racial lines. This data cannot address the decision points as required by OJJDP. It was noted that certain counties could take the initiative to acquire this data but it is not required statewide. OJJJDP wants consistent data across the state. Illinois has addressed three of the nine points: Arrest, Detention and Secure Confinement. AOIC has the other information points but there are other sources such as the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority (ICJIA) and the Juvenile Monitoring Information System (JMIS). Commissioner Rodriguez asked if the county clerk's office has such data. Apparently, the data is out there but it is not collected where we can access it. The members discussed issues with the data and how it is recorded. There is no requirement to track misdemeanor arrests. Commissioner Rodriguez explained that Illinois has 102 counties and the court data is available but a challenge to retrieve from each county.

Miguel Millett explained that he has spoken with OJJDP and he shared a report with the committee. He stated the mechanisms are present in Illinois. There is a State law about access to information. Karrie Rueter added that every county reports arrests to the Illinois State Police, but not misdemeanors and significant disparities exist. One county reports and others don't. Many of the police stations don't have the access or the ability to keep the data.

The committee believes a template should be developed and to prioritize the legislative initiatives that require the counties to give the Commission this data. Commissioner Strickland completed a Snapshot recently to identify the data gaps. The Snapshot gives a quick overview of what data is available and what data is missing. It was found that ethnicity is not reported. There was discussion of a using a brochure to outline the State expectation: What is collected; who that information is reported to; what are the parameters; what is mandated, etc. The AOIC only mandates what the Supreme Court requires and that is not enough. Commissioner Rodriguez suggested that the courts have data via the Circuit Clerks. We should be collecting that data from them, though that means working with 102 counties, or some small sample of counties.

In the past, Illinois has complied with 3 of the 9 Decision Points. Karrie Rueter explained that OJJDP will no longer accept compliance of just three decision points. Development of a concrete plan to reach the other six decision points is required. Commissioner Ferguson stated that legislation is an avenue to use and asked what other states are doing. Commissioner Rodriguez is attending the DMC National Conference and will report back with information from other states. The Coordinating Council is also seeking changes. These changes will be directed by Attorney General Holder and President Obama. These changes will be implemented across the country.

It was recommended that someone from AOIC come to a DMC meeting. Karrie Rueter added that the arrest data is something the Commission has requested for a long time. Ethnicity is information that has to be reported. It was noted that ICJIA would be appropriate for this data collection. Commissioner Rodriguez stated a press conference could push these positive changes and inform the public of the DMC challenges that exist. There are legislative and data changes needed. It was mentioned to consider removing misdemeanor data completely.

Commissioner Franco-Payne announced that the Communications Committee will be working with Probation and AOIC to address overall data issues. Commissioner Franco-Payne moved to have the DMC Committee meet with Probation and AOIC separately to address the DMC issues. Commissioner Ferguson seconded the motion. All in favor, motion passed.

Commissioner Rodriguez will review the Models template with assistance from Commissioner Strickland, for purposes of collecting required data on the 9 decision points, only.

Commissioner Rodriguez motioned to approve funding and development of an RFP. Commissioner Velasquez seconded the motion. All in favor, motion passed.

IV. Funding Strategies

Commissioner Crigler recommended we reach out to other branches of government. Commissioner Velasquez stated we need to have the money to put toward achieving better outcomes and acquiring the information we seek. The question was posed as to the priorities of the group. Funding applications are not being accepted. There are funding allocations through open solicitation or RFP's or both. Commissioner Ferguson recommended using an RFI to build the knowledge base and feels we need a level of transparency. She recommends identifying specific system changes and practices that would pinpoint certain programs and communities.

Miguel Millett noted that MacArthur looks at the system and the data perspective and not certain aspects. Miguel believes schools are a huge part of what we do. He stated that the Juvenile Justice and schools should work together. There should be across the State meetings about data collection, expulsion, grades, discipline, processing youth in schools, public relations, etc. Commissioner Crigler asked if we are looking at site based or not a site specific focus. Commissioner Franco-Payne stated that the strategic conference was to review what we do and work to move on from there. Dr. Viosin recommended doing something unusual. Commissioner Rodriguez added that we are not limited to present sites. The priorities of focus are legislative or policy initiatives, public education strategies, education and intervention. It was determined that Open solicitation, RFP or RFI are recommended processes as a means to fund the DMC priority activities.

V. Models for Change DMC Activities

This memo was shared with the Committee:

Good Afternoon Colleagues. During Tuesday's Models for Change DMC meeting, we discussed the topic of educational policies and practices that push youth into the juvenile justice system and their troubling and increasing prevalence across the state. There is currently some data available to quantify these claims; but the need for additional information and heightened awareness towards collecting data on these topics was also discussed. To focus on bringing about comprehensive, positive change in this area, it was proposed that a series of DMC School Awareness conferences could be facilitated in high schools in 3 regions across Illinois. These conferences would be designed to address topics including:

  • Training, qualifications & workplace culture among school security staff
  • The ineffectiveness of zero tolerance policies & strategies to eliminate their use
  • Disproportionate suspension, expulsion and arrest of youth of color, especially males
  • Over-reliance on police presence in the school discipline process
  • Increasing restorative practices to reduce suspensions, expulsions and arrests
  • Improving data collection, analysis & use in approaches to discipline at the local school/community. level
  • Identifying available resources for school climate improvement: funding, technical assistance, training, existing models, etc.

The Committee discussed this at length and will further review and address at the next meeting.

VI. New Jersey DMC Conference

The 2010 National DMC Conference will be held October 23-25th. Miguel Millett, Pamela Rodriguez and Julie Stremlau will be attending.

VII. DMC Events for FY11

No discussion due to time constraints.

VIII. New Business/Other

IX. Adjourn

Commissioner Ferguson moved to adjourn the meeting; Commissioner Franco-Payne seconded the motion. All in favor, meeting adjourned at 4:09pm.