Strategic Goal: Utilize data and research to better understand the presence of disparity and create interventions to reduce such disparity.

Oversight Requirements & Progress

The JJOC is committed to evaluating policy effects on racial and ethnic disparity in the system.

1. Identify Presence of Disparity

Analyze points of disparity and work with system stakeholders in addressing such disparity.

Progress Summary

Staff from CCJJ and JJOC have partnered with the Juvenile Court to identify presence of disparity in the juvenile justice system by utilizing descriptive measures such as the Relative Rate index (RRI) as well as more robust statistical methods.

Tactical Plan

  • Continue to work with the Juvenile Court and Juvenile Justice and Youth Services on identifying points of disparity. The latest racial and ethnic disparities presentation can be found here.
  • In FY 2023, our graduate research intern, Sheena Yoon recently completed a Geospatial Study Proposal where she describes: “The challenge of juvenile justice lies at the intersection of public safety, racial and ethnic inequality, and public health where improving the outcomes and lives of the juvenile justice-involved population and their communities must occur with the full understanding of what underlies the risks and maladaptive outcomes that have led to their system involvement in the first place.” Her proposal offers methodology resources for jurisdictions who are aiming to conduct geospatial analysis of their unique population and community. You can find her proposal here. Further, utilizing the methodologies described in her proposal, Sheena Yoon conducted a study on the largest county in Utah. You can find that study here. We are currently working on expanding that study statewide so we can identify spatial clusters of inequities to help stakeholders reinvest resources into those areas with the goal of reducing that identified disparity.
  • Support other system stakeholders on reduction efforts.