Accomplishments in the Past Year
The DMC Executive Committee has met every month for the past year. Recognizing the congruity of interests, the Committee began discussions with the Annie E. Casey Foundation on participation in their national Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). Pima County became a replication site in October 2004, and both projects are overseen by the committee, renamed the DMC/JDAI Executive Committee.
PCJCC also contracted with the W. Haywood Burns Institute to provide technical assistance specifically with DMC. In February 2005, PCJCC appointed a JDAI Coordinator with national experience in addressing the issues facing Pima County.
PCJCC staff have compiled and analyzed extensive data, with the goal of developing a comprehensive profile of children in detention. Among other factors considered are age, race/ethnicity, gender, nature of offense or referral, day/time of arrest, and length of stay in detention. The Information Technology staff created geo-maps identifying the residence of detained minors. Additional geographic-related data has been compiled from law enforcement, behavioral health, and other sources. This data is being used to identify specific strategies to reduce the inappropriate use of detention and disproportionate contact.
The Executive Committee has created a number of work groups to tackle specific problems areas. These include:
Additional groups will be formed to address cooperation and continuity with behavioral health providers (to prevent delays in releasing detained minors due to the absence of appropriate behavioral health services in the community) and to develop strategies specific to minors and families involved in domestic violence.