CJJR was delighted once again to co-sponsor the November 2018 Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) National DMC Conference in Baltimore, Maryland. Presenting at several sessions at the conference, CJJR Director Shay Bilchik spoke about the critical need to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities (RED) in the juvenile justice system and highlighted how CJJR Certificate Program Fellows have addressed the issue in their local jurisdictions.
During an opening plenary panel, Shay and staff from Fairfax County, Virginia Court Services Unit (Elizabeth Jones, Assistant Director of Juvenile Intake; Solomon Melson, Probation Officer), Fairfax County Police Department (Erin Schaible, Deputy Chief), and Fairfax County Public Schools (Vickie Shoap, Restorative Justice Specialist) discussed the county’s collaboration between multiple youth-serving systems to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth, as well as their approach to addressing RED issues utilizing data analysis. Shay and Multnomah County Oregon Juvenile Services Division Director, Deena Corso, also led a separate workshop highlighting Multnomah County’s strategies to reduce RED through culturally responsive diversion programming.
The Fairfax and Multnomah County reform efforts presented at the conference were a direct outcome of their participation in CJJR’s Diversion and RED Certificate Programs. In addition to these jurisdictional highlights, Shay also participated in a panel discussion moderated by the National Governors Association to share research findings and best practices for improving outcomes for youth involved in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems.