DAUPHIN COUNTY 2004 Population Data Youth 10-17 .

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PENNSYLVANIA’S APPROACH TO DMC “Improving Community/Law Enforcement Relationships Through Dialogue Forums”. 11 th Annual DMC Conference: Law Enforcement Solutions for Reducing Racial Disparities & Disproportionate Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice
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PENNSYLVANIA\'S APPROACH TO DMC "Enhancing Community/Law Enforcement Relationships Through Dialog Forums" 11 th Annual DMC Conference: Law Enforcement Solutions for Reducing Racial Disparities & Disproportionate Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice September 7-10, 2006 New Orleans, Louisiana

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PENNSYLVANIA\'S APPROACH TO DMC "Enhancing Community/Law Enforcement Relationships Through Dialog Forums" Targeted Sites : Dauphin County: City of Harrisburg Allegheny County: City of Pittsburgh Berks County: City of Reading Philadelphia County: City of Philadelphia

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Dauphin County: Harrisburg Arlene Prentice Juvenile Court Consultant Juvenile Court Judges\' Commission

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Pennsylvania *Black – 13.9% *White – 78.5% Hispanic – 5.4% *Asian – 2.1% Dauphin County *Black – 24.9% *White – 66.3% Hispanic – 6.5% *Asian – 2.2% DAUPHIN COUNTY 2004 Population Data – Youth 10-17 * Non-Hispanic

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DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT STATEWIDE : In 2004, Black Non-Hispanic youth spoke to 13.9% of the aggregate youth populace, yet represented : 36.9% of all Delinquency Dispositions 31.1% of Probation Dispositions 37.5% of Placements (41.6% of secure) 41.3% of Transfers to Criminal Court

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DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONTACT Dauphin County : 2004 Juvenile Court Delinquency Dispositions * Black * White Hispanic * Asian 56.3% 31.1% 10.5% 0.0% Dauphin County : Black Non-Hispanic youth speak to 24.9% of the adolescent populace in 2004, yet speak to 56.3% of all Delinquency Dispositions

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Allegheny County: Pittsburgh Kimberly Booth Assistant Administrator Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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By Race and Gender Male Female 1,012 Black 3,204 Black 1,642 White 471 White 6 Other 3 Other In 2005, the Detention Center had 1,954 new, non-copied confirmations; 78% of these affirmations were African Americans. Allegheny County has 119 Police Departments; the City of Pittsburgh has the biggest in the County. 2005 Referrals to Allegheny County Juvenile Probation = 6,338

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How to Hold a Forum Our first gathering was hung on Friday, November 12, 2004 125 Youth 25 Law Enforcement 20 Adults All in different fields—including our Judge Cheryl Allen 3 Consecutive Sessions Police and Relationships (pretends) Legal Analysis (study) Video What to do when ceased by police—alluded to as "Great Stop/Bad Stop"

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Survey Questions as a rule, individuals fear little gatherings of dark youth who are basically staying nearby, snickering and playing rap music.

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Survey Questions It is OK to smoke "blunts" out in the open since it is not anybody\'s business.

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Survey Questions It is OK to drive or work an engine vehicle without it being legitimately investigated the length of the auto runs and is sheltered.

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Survey Questions The police have constantly centered their consideration on minorities as well as youth.

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Survey Questions It is OK to convey a gun for wellbeing when I am out in the group.

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Berks County: Reading Yvonne Stroman Director of Community Partnership Programs Community Prevention Partnership of Berks County

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Berks County Historical Context Located in Southeastern Pennsylvania. Has geographic ranges of urban, rural and rustic zones. Arranged along known passageways with simple access to Philadelphia, New York City, Harrisburg, Baltimore and Washington D.C. – all inside 3 hours or less travel time. Viewed by law requirement as a lane for medication trafficking and groups. City of Reading is the County Seat of Berks County. Has roughly 82,000 occupants living in the City. Inside the most recent 15 years, Reading has encountered an expanding socially differing region with an extensive and developing Hispanic populace. 37% of the inhabitants are Latino; 12% are African American; 2% Asian American and 46% White. Roughly 70% of the understudies going to the state funded schools are Latino.

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More Historical Context The authority of the City of Reading is not illustrative of the differing society. Just 1 out of 7 people on City Council is a minority. Just 3 out of 9 people on the Reading School Board are of shading. There are no judges of shading serving on the seat. Just 1 out of 5 District Magistrates is a non-white individual. Of the 209 cops working in the City of Reading, under 20 are people of shading. The quantity of people of shading utilized in the zones of adolescent probation and youth confinement focuses are low in extent to the quantity of minority youth required in the framework.

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Reading Forum 2005 Target minority youth, law implementation, school organization, group pioneers, religious pioneers, city bunches, lawyers and government officials. Reason – To address the relationship that exists between minority youth and law implementation in the City of Reading. Organize – Panel Discussion, Break Out Sessions, techniques and Reporting Back to the vast gathering. Discussion was gone to by roughly 125 people. Youth were requested that entire a poll that gave their point of view on specific circumstances. Youth who went to the discussion had past encounters or associations with law implementation.

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Reading Forum 2006 A second discussion was directed because of criticism youth gave from the survey. It was important to have a second gathering to incorporate guardians. Group purchase in and joint effort was key for the occasion to occur. We associated with the schools for data dispersal. We custom fitted the 2 nd Forum to the first to incorporate board discourse and break out sessions. Great and positive discourse happened amid the board dialog and we didn\'t have the break out sessions.

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Next Steps Continue to have discussions or different settings where we can bring youth and law requirement together. Incorporate guardians and group. Work with different substances who look for similar results. Group joint effort and purchase in is vital to execute systems.

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Who We Are THE PHILADELPHIA WORKING GROUP 5 Youth Members 7 Law Enforcement Officers Philadelphia Housing Authority Police Philadelphia Mass Transit Police Philadelphia Police Philadelphia School District Police Philadelphia Sheriff Behavioral Health Consultant Department of Human Services District Attorney Public Defender School District Representatives Juvenile Court Representative Philadelphia Faith-Based Initiative Leaders The Mayor\'s Office Local University Professor & Author

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Philadelphia : Minority youth were lopsidedly charged in grown-up criminal courts. For instance, African-American youth represented roughly 7 out of 10 lawful offense captures, however spoke to 8 out of 10 lawful offense captures in criminal court. While 67% of Caucasian youth got a sentence of imprisonment, 88% of African-American youth got a sentence of detainment.

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Mission Statement We intend to recognize and create concrete, practical and quantifiable systems that will enhance the relationship between ethnic minority youth and individuals from law authorization. We trust that enhancing this relationship will prompt less unpredictable association and the development of a soul of common collaboration that will profit minority youth, law requirement and our whole group.

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The Problem "Are police more forceful in light of the fact that the young are angry, or are the adolescent more fierce on the grounds that officers have a tendency to be more forceful to minority youth?" ~ Philadelphia Youth-Law Enforcement Forum November, 2004

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The Findings The FINDINGS speak to the sentiments on Minority Youth– Law Enforcement Relations as communicated by Philadelphia\'s childhood and law implementation operators over a 18 month duration.

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The Findings 1. YOUTH WANT MORE RESPECT FROM LAW ENFORCEMENT.  They don\'t need law authorization officers to expect they are accomplishing something awful as a result of the way they are dressed.  They might want the officers to be less forceful in their approach and they need them to realize that when they pull up to the corner quick and hop out, the young frequently run since they are terrified, not on the grounds that they are blameworthy.

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The Findings 2. Numerous YOUTH HAVE HAD POSITIVE EXPERIENCES WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT where officers have given them a word of wisdom, went about as positive good examples and were extremely neighborly when taking reports.

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The Findings 3. As indicated by YOUTH, LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS MAKE THEM FEEL UNEASY when they are ill bred; when they don\'t accept what the young are stating; when they utilize their energy to abuse youth; when they act like racists; or when they truly couldn\'t care less and expect that all adolescent, particularly those in poor groups, are blameworthy.

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The Findings 4. Numerous YOUTH ARE CONCERNED THAT LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS STOP THEM BECAUSE OF THE CLOTHES THEY WEAR. For instance, youth wearing dim jeans and white shirts feel thatthey are regularly "checked" at whatever point there are almost a wrongdoing scene. Amid the winter months, youth wearing "walrus coats", which have numerous pockets, feel that they are frequently ceased and sought by law implementation officers since they "look suspicious". 

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