The Disproportionate Minority Confinement Committee met Wednesday, September 25, 2002 at the Drake University Resource Center. Members present were: Mike Leiber, presiding; John Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, Bob Greenlee, Denise Hotopp, Sara Petersen, Brad Richardson, Lori Rinehart, Carl Smith, Marvin Spencer, John Spinks. Staff present: Dave Kuker, Scott Musel, Amy Croll, Eric Sage, Janet Clayton. Guests: Jorge Rivas, guest of John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas; Miriam Landsman, Julie Spears, Sarah Nash.
Mike Leiber asked each person to introduce himself/herself. He then asked members to suggest names of people to serve in an effort to encourage diversity and equitable regional representation on the committee.
July 25, 2002 summary was corrected as follows: Second page, paragraph two, Pat Parker’s comments: resiliency factors, strengths and resources. Page one, paragraph 6, delete number 3. Motion to approve minutes, as corrected, was made by Petersen, seconded by Greenlee. Minutes were approved as corrected.
Resource Center Update
Richardson reported on his work with Musel on gathering ICIS data to begin doing analyses. CJJP has a data warehouse which contains ICIS data. The Resource Center is interested in the potential of utilizing the ICIS data as part of its state DMC efforts.
Technical assistance continues in Scott, Polk and Black Hawk County. Plans are underway for community efforts to continue throughout the year. At this time Woodbury County is not active. Scott County will do training which they requested to help get people in their community around the table to help Iowa youth. Work in the other sites is in varying implementation phases.
DMC Conference in Atlanta, Georgia
Richardson, Spencer and Rinehart reported on the conference in Atlanta. Iowa has been lined up to serve as a mentor to the state of Michigan. The focus of the conference was to make the subject of DMC a system issue…to make an impact on the system, not necessarily to change minds, address racism, etc. There was much interest in our upcoming conference. A representative from Multnomah County, Oregon will be addressing our upcoming conference in November. Spencer is putting together an overview paper with information from the Atlanta Conference to share with his office. He thanked the JJAC for sending him. The Atlanta conference attendees noted that when changes are properly made in the system to impact DMC, the process benefits all juveniles, not just the minority youth.
The committee discussed the names of judiciary people who might be invited to serve on this committee. Kuker was asked to invite Pat Hendrickson and Judge Arthur Gamble to participate on the DMC Committee. Denise Hotopp suggest that she would contact Judge Gamble first to let him know about the DMC Conference, other local DMC efforts, and his potential interest on serving on the state level DMC Committee.
Richardson reviewed the brochure for the upcoming DMC Conference and asked for suggestions from the Committee. It was suggested that Kuker ask the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council for scholarship package in the amount of $10,000 so juvenile court staff, Decats and others interested might be able to attend. Scholarship would include registration, transportation, meals, hotel accommodations at the state rate. The committee approved the conference mailer. Richardson asked for a list of public defenders and suggested the Status of Women might put a blurb in the newsletter. He also suggested the committee members call their political leaders. Smith offered to send a letter to the governor and lieutenant governor with brochure on behalf of the council. The committee brainstormed the names of organizations to be contacted.
Kuker was assigned to write a generic news release that could be used in all areas of the state over the signature of a local person. Chaisson-Cardenas will do media advisories. Kuker asked for names of folks in several areas to whom news release might be sent.
U of I will include a conference evaluation form for participants who attend the November 7&8 conference.
Hotopp asked if the Resource Center could track the lists of people coming from each area so that if there are fewer people coming from one area of the state, we could call key contacts in that area to encourage them to come.
John Spinks volunteered to contact individuals affiliated with local churches to make them aware of the conference. He asked for hard copies of the conference registration form. Mike Leiber asked for hard copy materials as well to share with officials at UNI.
Leiber reviewed the timeline for activities that have been undertaken by this Committee in an effort to prepare for the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council Retreat including the grants that have been awarded for a DMC Resource Center and a DMC Diversion Project, update of matrices from ICIS. He asked the Committee to think about what it should continue to do and to make funding recommendations for the next three-year plan.
Spencer will represent the committee in his absence at the retreat. Richardson may attend the retreat for a short time but will be asked to address the Council at its next meeting. By consensus of the DMC Committee, $80,000 for ongoing support of the DMC Diversion Effort, $95,000 for the DMC Resource Center, and $10,000 for scholarships for the Conference will be requested.
Hotopp reported on the technical assistant’s visit to Polk County. The Detention Review team has been focusing its efforts on shortening the length of stay for youth held in detention. Polk County has found also that all youngsters can benefit from the changes being reviewed. The new Polk County Chief Juvenile Court Officer, Marilyn Lantz, has been supportive of the DMC diversion effort and the new Polk County DMC Task Force will be put into action soon and will start by reviewing the technical assistant’s (Randy Thomas) report which is due soon.
Leiber reported on his meeting with current administrators at OJJDP. He noted they want to see results and standardize technical assistance.
Next meeting is November 20th from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Drake Resource Center. Agenda items will include: report from the First DMC Conference, recruitment of new members, plans for next year.
Meeting adjourned at 3 p.m.