COMMISSION ON RACIAL AND ETHNIC FAIRNESS
CRIMINAL AND JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
MAY MEETING MINUTES
Law & Justice Center
Salt Lake City, Utah
Wednesday, May 22, 2002
11:30am - 1:00pm
|MEMBERS PRESENT: |
Dan Maldonado, Chair
Gus Chin (for John Adams)
Dr. Joan Smith
Cmsr Bob Flowers
Dave Gomez (for Mike Chabries)
Dr. Deidre Tyler
Judge Bill Thorne
Jah-Juin Ho, Intern
Chief Kal Farr
Judge Tyrone Medley
John T Nielsen
Sheriff Brad Slater
Rep. Lamont Tyler
Blake Chard (Youth Corrections)
Lt. Mark Nosack (DMC)
Russ Van Vleet (Research)
Dr. Jeff Wells (Youth Corrections)
1. WELCOME, REVIEW OF MINUTES FROM LAST MEETING, & AGENDA REVIEW:
Lunch was served. Dan Maldonado called the meeting to order. The minutes from Meeting #7
were approved without further amendment.
2. PRESENTATION ON THE DIVISION OF YOUTH CORRECTIONS (DYC)
Dan Maldonado (Commission member, Deputy Director of DYC), Blake Chard (Director of
DYC), and Dr. Jeff Wells (Research unit of DYC) gave a PowerPoint Presentation describing
DYC and its Task Force implementation process. Please refer to the hard copy in your meeting
Noted from the PowerPoint presentation:
- •Following the Task Force's final report, Blake Chard commissioned an internal study
specific to DYC
- •DYC = custody agency for the juvenile justice system
- Community programs
- Receiving Centers
- Reporting Centers
- Multiuse facilities
- rural areas have combination facilities (including shelters) for efficiency
and economic purposes
- Detention Centers
- equivalent to jail in adult system
- ~13,000 admissions/year
- Observation & Assessment
- Secure facilities
- •Contracts with private providers all throughout Utah, care for ~500-600 youths at all
times (non-secure, Community Programs)
- Disproportionate minority confinement occurs for African Americans, Hispanic,
and Native American populations. Dan Maldonado stated that the statistics can
be volatile because of the low numbers of people of color to begin with. He said
that the confinement of two or three individuals within a very small population
(ie. African American) can yield a potentially misleading statistic.
- The comparisons of youth of color in school and youth of color in DYC facilities
only accounts for the youth actually in school. It does not account for youth who
have dropped out of school, are home-schooled, etc. To counteract this effect,
the researchers compared a younger grade (in this case, 10th grade) with the
intention of catching more individuals prior to leaving school.
- DYC takes pride in their workforce composition and the representation of
women and people of color.
- •Family therapy through Youth Corrections has been increased. 69,000 hours of family
therapy were conducted last year, averaging 46 hours per family (not all families receive
- •Cultural Competency Training is now mandatory for all DYC employees and attendance
will be monitored for performance evaluations.
- collaborated with the Juvenile Courts to employ similar training (UMACCC)
- one day, 8-hour session. Follow up is still to be developed.
- trainings have been occurring for two months and will continue until all
employees have attended.
- •Contracts with treatment programs are asked to address racial and ethnic fairness.
- •Personnel had been asked to conduct annual reviews and exit interviews, specifically
asking about racial and ethnic fairness issues. This has begun, but is not finished.
- •Socio-economic status data collection is pending. One intention of the new CARE data
system is to catch this information. CARE is vaguely estimated to be in use by the end
of the year.
- •Research recommendations
- "What interventions work?"
Hired a consultant to measure progress. Pending, but in progress.
Addressed with CARE system.
DYC Youth Satisfaction Survey (handout). Constraints include:
defining "successful exit" from system
delineating ethnic status from responses
- DYC has a Parole Authority body of ten members. Three to four members
(currently four) are of ethnic background.
- Trying to find more contractors of color (RFP's this fall) to address contract
providers recruitment of a diverse workforce
- Admission numbers could be double-counted, likely only in the detention
numbers. For instance, a juvenile could be counted in O&A and then in
detention if sent there. Duplicates also can be counted if sent to detention more
than once during a year.)
- Out of state placements are included in the Community Programs.
- How is the family treated (holistic/family model): outplacement/transition back
home programs and services. They are also inculcating a Restorative Justice
- Task Force research revealed biased interactions by DYC staff. This is
addressed by increasing the workforce diversity (thereby expanding the range of
experiences of the personnel), having mandatory cultural competency training,
and mentor/ guest speaker engagements.
- Ken Auld was hired to do a thorough report of the DYC's status and recommend
strategies to increase racial and ethnic fairness in the agency. Constraint: most
recommendations require unavailable resources. Dan Maldonado will give
copies of the report to Commission members (assisted by Sandra Kinoshita if
3. JUVENILE DISPROPORTIONATE MINORITY CONFINEMENT COMMITTEE
(DMC) REPORT (Lt. Mark Nosack)
The DMC convened in 1994 and continues as part of the Utah Board of Juvenile Justice and also
serves as an Advisory Committee to the Commission. Highlights of accomplishments include
the development, dissemination, Training of Trainers, and actual Cultural Competency Trainings
of the Utah Multi Agency Cultural Competency Curriculum. The UMACCC has been used
throughout the legal system, and DMC members train, adapt curriculums for other agencies (ie.
POST, Utah Chiefs of Police Association, etc). DMC also focuses on data collection (with
particular efforts towards the Racial Profiling bill this year), the Juvenile Courts' early
assessment tool, developing a follow up curriculum to the foundation the UMACCC provides,
improving interpreter availability, and research on DMC.
4. RESEARCH UPDATE (Russ Van Vleet)
- •Racial Profiling Bill: The Research Consortium at the UofU has raised the issue that the
data collected as defined by HB101 may not provide sufficient data to study the issues
warranted. The group is pleased with the collaboration and contribution of the law
enforcement agencies, and they want to assist law enforcement agencies to better collect
data. The Consortium would like to report their progress to the Commission at a later
date. They would also like to examine the constraints experienced by New Jersey, and
bring this information to the Commission. Issues raised: what to do with data after it is
collected; comparisons in a "neutral" zone (ie. disproportionate stops on highways?).
- •Sentencing Guidelines Study: Thank you to the Courts for their assistance with the data
collection for the studies. Aggravating and Mitigating circumstances study has been
difficult. It will be reported on in the future.
5. BAR ASSOCIATION'S DEPORTATION SUBCOMMITTEE UPDATE
- •Postponed to later meeting
6. NEXT MEETING DETAILS
- •No meeting in June 2002!
- •All members have been asked to identify July dates when they will be available for the
Commission Retreat, which was discussed at the April meeting. Members not present or
who did not turn in their dates, will be emailed May 22, 2002. PLEASE turn in your
available dates as soon as possible!
7. ADJOURNMENT: (Dan Maldonado)
- •There being no further business to discuss, the meeting adjourned at 1:00p.m.
- •Special thank you to Dan Maldonado, Blake Chard, and Jeff Wells for their hospitality
and informative presentation. A thank you card will go to the DMC for their requested