Disproportionate Minority Contact

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As a result of the 2011 Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families Task Force on Race Disparity and Disproportionality in Youth Services Final Report, the Charlottesville City Council established the Charlottesville Task Force on Racial Disparities and Disproportionality. Original members of the DMC Task Force include: 

Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager, City of Charlottesville 

Jeff Fogel, Attorney 

Jeree Thomas, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center 

Cathy Roessler, Assistant Superintendent, Blue Ridge Detention Center

Dave Chapman, Commonwealth Attorney for Charlottesville 

Elizabeth Killeen, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Charlottesville 

David Saunier, Central Virginia Restorative Justice 

Emily Dreyfus, JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center 

Martha Carroll, Director of Court Services for the 16th District 

Chief Timothy Longo, Charlottesville Police Department 

Captain Wendy Lewis, Charlottesville Police Department 

Deirdre Gilmore, Public Housing Association of Residents 

Rory Carpenter, Staff to the Task Force, City of Charlottesville 

Gretchen Ellis, Staff to the Task Force, City of Charlottesville 

Todd Warner, researcher, University of Virginia

Tammi Walker, researcher, University of Virginia 

N. Dickon Reppucci, Profession of Psychology, University of Virginia 

The Task Force was charged with: 

  1. Collecting and understanding the current state of data collection procedures for monitoring Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) 
  2. Examining each step in our local juvenile justice system by analyzing data and conducting interviews to identify factors contributing to DMC 
  3. Recommending specific policy and practice changes based on the results of data analysis and national, evidence-based practices 
  4. Exploring and implementing new data collection procedures and practices 
  5. Providing appropriate and sustained training for persons working in the juvenile justice system 
  6. Enhancing protective factors and diversions 
  7. Reducing disproportionality and disparities over a sustained period using a systemic approach 

The Task Force's work continues. Click here for the Task Force Work Plan, updated February 2017. 

Members of the University of Virginia Community Psychology Department completed an analysis of local juvenile disproportionality and examined disparity at multiple stages in the juvenile justice process. 

Click here for the extended executive summary of the report published in June 2014. 

Click here for the Final Full DMC Report published in June 2014. 

Click here for the subsequent DMC Report completed by Hornby-Zeller Associates in June 2016. 

Click here for a copy of the Juvenile Court Guide, which was recommended by the Task Force.