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:
- Collecting and understanding the current state of data collection procedures for monitoring Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
- Examining each step in our local juvenile justice system by analyzing data and conducting interviews to identify factors contributing to DMC
- Recommending specific policy and practice changes based on the results of data analysis and national, evidence-based practices
- Exploring and implementing new data collection procedures and practices
- Providing appropriate and sustained training for persons working in the juvenile justice system
- Enhancing protective factors and diversions
- 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.