WA State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) Launches Initiative to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Washington's Juvenile Justice System and Releases Funding Opportunity.
It is well established that youth of color are significantly over represented in the juvenile justice system in Washington. Statewide data for Washington in 2012 shows that generally, R.E.D. does exist at all levels of the state juvenile justice system. African American youth are arrested at almost twice the rate of White youth, youth of color are referred to juvenile court at a much higher rate than White youth, overall non-white youth are diverted significantly less often than White youth, and American Indian and African American youth are disproportionately securely detained at disproportionate rates. These disparities are the result of numerous inter-related factors, some of which exist within the structures of current juvenile justice policies and practices and some of which are influenced by unconscious and implicit biases.
To that end, the WA-PCJJ is launching an Initiative to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Washington’s Juvenile Justice System. The R.E.D. Initiative goals are to: reduce the disparities experienced by youth of color coming into contact with the juvenile justice system and reduce implicit bias in policies, practice, and decision-making.
As part of the WA-PCJJ Initiative to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities, the WA-PCJJ is seeking proposals to develop the needed local infrastructure and planning to address and reduce racial and ethnic disparities at the arrest and referral decision point in the juvenile justice system. The arrest and referral decision points have been identified as the place where Washington State has the greatest racial and ethnic disparities (Washington State DMC Assessment).
The WA-PCJJ is interested in proposals that are designed to develop community capacity for institutional and community change and a roadmap to accomplish this change; proposals that demonstrate the local, long term commitment and political will to address identified racial and ethnic disparities (with a focus on the arrest and referral decision points); proposals that include stakeholders from the community, a process for community engagement and that will work with a consultant to identifying the root causes for identified disparities and develop the plan to initiate change.
Funded initiatives that can successfully demonstrate their readiness to implement a racial and ethnic disparities plan with long term commitment from stakeholders and a high level of community engagement may be eligible for up to two years of additional funding for plan implementation, dependent on availability of federal funds.
Click here to view Request for Proposals.
Click here to view notes from March 5th Q&A Call.
Bulletin Released - A Summary of Washington State Data and Recent Study Findings: The Transfer of Youth (under age 18) to the Adult Criminal Justice System.
The WA-PCJJ released a bulletin summarizing recent data and study findings on the transfer of youth. Download the bulletin here.
The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth
The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice - WAPCJJ initiated and funded a study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy - "The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth". Elizabeth Drake, Senior Research Associate, WSIPP, presented the findings from the study to the Council at the WA-PCJJ January 23rd meeting.
From the meta-analysis of all available literature that was conducted as part of the study, it was found there was a statistically significant increase in recidivism when juveniles are automatically declined from the juvenile court (see page 13 of the report).
New OJJ Program Coordinator
The Office of Juvenile Justice welcomes W. Mike Davison to their team. Mike has joined OJJ as a Program Coordinator and comes to us from JR Region 3 where he was a Program Manager for the last 12 years. Mike started his career at Mission Creek Youth Camp and has been with JR for 20 years.
Washington State JDAI Steering Committee Booklet on JDAI
The Washington State JDAI Steering Committee has released a booklet on JDAI in WA State - "Improving Our Juvenile Justice System: Washington's JDAI." We invite you to review the outcomes of the JDAI sites in Washington!