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					Thomas J. Vilsack                                                            criminal and juvenile justice planning
    governor                                                                        and statistical analysis center
                                                                                      richard g. moore, administrator
Sally J. Pederson
   lt. governor

                          Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee Meeting
                                          September 28, 2005
                                   United Way Building, Des Moines

The DMC Committee met September 28, 2005 at United Way in Des Moines, Iowa at 10 a.m. Members
present: Marvin Spencer, presiding; Natalie Anderson, Kimberly Baxter, Deborah Berry, Charles Clayton,
Belinda Creighton-Smith, Niki Dean, Jerry Foxhoven, Fred Gay, Bob Greenlee, Stephanie Hernandez,
Kathy Nesteby, Sara Petersen, Brad Richardson, Lori Rinehart, John Spinks, Bobby Stanley, David
Tristan, Jaron Varner, John Wauters. Members absent: Connie Bear King, Devon Binion, Sam Black,
Warren Blumenfeld, Marchelle Denker, Jack Hatch, Janice Edmunds-Wells, Melissa Equivel, Allison
Fleming, Denise Hotopp, Toni Johnikin, Stephan Pearson, Carl Smith, Felicia Toppert, Miguel Trevino,
Kittie Weston-Knauer, Zachary Wilson. Staff present: Dave Kuker, Eric Sage, Janet Clayton. Fred Gay
will replace Ray Blase on this committee from the Polk County Attorney’s Office.

After introductions, the summary of the July 27 meeting was approved as corrected. Corrections: The
DMC Conference is Thursday, December 1st and Friday, December 2nd. Page 2, Update on the DMC
Resource Center, line 4, “Marilyn” should be Mary Lyn. The summary was approved as amended.

Three-year Plan

Kuker explained the federal government’s requirement for a three year plan with a plan update every year.
The overview as passed out, outlined the state’s efforts to date with a review of the current projects. The
focus of funding has been the DMC Resource Center. Diversion funding ended June 30, 2005. The
Resource Center worked with Woodbury, Black Hawk and Scott County on DMC. Mike Leiber will release
his report on juvenile court case processing in those same three counties at the December conference. No
funding was used for his research. The DMC Resource Center has risk assessment information in Black
Hawk and Woodbury counties. Information has been gathered for the last two years from DHS on service
information and juvenile court processing from the justice data warehouse on county level data broken
down by race and gender on juvenile court decision making and major DHS services – group care, shelter
care, family foster care, family centers. Risk assessment tools for decision making on admissions to
juvenile detention facilities have been shown to be a successful instrument to reduce the incidence of
DMC. The Chief JCOs are working with CJJP to pilot such a tool in Woodbury, Black Hawk County and
Scott County. The Resource Center under contract with DHS, is focusing on children in the child welfare
system. This is being done in Polk and Woodbury County to examine overrepresentation for
abused/neglected children. (See report on the DMC website under minority youth and families initiative.)
Richardson highlighted the report.

Kuker recommended to the committee the continued support for the Research Center programming.

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                               a division of the department of human rights
Kuker opened the discussion by asking if JJAC should continue to fund the Resource Center. His
recommendation is to support the DMC Resource center, for the Committee to challenge Kuker to
encourage Annie E. Casey Foundation to fund a program in Iowa, and watch closely the detention
screening tool pilot to support the pilot after it has been validated. Baxter would like to see the pie chart
showing percentage of spending by decats, what programs are in existence and is what they are doing
working. Outcomes must be measured with decat money. Sage explained the different funding streams
that go into a decat allocation. The Review Committee will be making some decisions on long-term
funding issues that are coming. This committee will receive information relating to decat performance. We
will share that information with the DMC committee. It will give a sense of how decats are performing.
Spencer noted that, with this new detention screening instrument, results will show that viable detention
alternatives will be needed. Our plan might indicate that there is interest and much need for funding to help
get some detention alternatives up and running. The effort is to show the need for funding and to further
the direction this initiative is headed, not to take away from any other existing programs. Spencer
suggested that the committee is in agreement to continue funding the Resource Center and will want to
have ongoing dialogue with chiefs and SAMS regarding making sure that monies going the decat areas
that have an identified issue on minorities to see that those monies go to dmc efforts and have them be
documented. Also, any application for funding should include a DMC item. The DHS redesign will deal
with the challenge of dealing with children of color in the child welfare system. Motion to continue
funding the DMC resource center as part of the three year plan by Baxter. Seconded by Berry.
Motion carried with one abstention – Richardson.

Motion to have ongoing dialogue with chiefs and SAMs about use of allocation funding in those
communities that have identified issues with DMC and there is a desire as well on how that can be
laid out in a requirement in their planning by Spinks, seconded by Baxter. The Resource Center has
identified 17 counties with higher than average minority populations. Statistics are on the website for
overrepresentation rate over a five-year period. Motion carried.

DMC Conference

The DMC Conference is in Des Moines at the Downtown Holiday Inn on December 1 and 2, 2005.

Site work

Sioux City has a U-Care Project there, a DMC committee. Toni Johnikin is working with the schools.
Richardson did a presentation in Sioux City on overrepresentation and suspensions, the direction that the
U-Care project seems to be going. Minority youth and families initiative for child welfare overlaps some
with the DMC work. The effort will be to continue to work with Stephan Pearson to get Sioux City on track
with the U-Care Project. Charles Clayton from Fort Dodge met with Richardson on the Sioux City efforts
and how best to tailor them to Fort Dodge. Des Moines – detention review team is functioning. Fred Gay,
county attorney’s office, is now in charge of juvenile court. Numbers are down at the detention center, but
disproportionality remains. Waterloo – Discussed relative rates and organized data entry for a survey.
Results to come mid-October. Iowa City – U-Care is working there to get a committee set up. We met with
Zach and Salome to identify people to approach to serve. The School of Social Work will have a member
on this committee.

See the website for reports on Polk and Woodbury Counties. Tools used to determine risk are reviewed
carefully to determine that there is no subtle bias in them. Richardson attended Polk County’s meeting to
establish a group, some from the diversion and task force. Another meeting is coming in October. Relative
rate indices from 2003 and 2004 (on the website) are being reviewed for Polk County. Overrepresentation
is evening out. Real focus is more on the front end – arrests, referrals to juvenile court, cases involving
secure detention, i.e., probation violations. Cases diverted is low for minorities and needs to be raised.

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                                a division of the department of human rights

Iowa City -- A youth forum has been established at West High. Varon has contacted almost all DMC
committee members in the community. Urban Dreams sponsored a little league football team.

Waterloo – Creighton-Smith. Study Circles continue in Waterloo with police officers and members of the
African/American community to improve communications and relationships in Black Hawk County.
Four families have been identified to serve as foster parents in place of detention for the 48-hour hold
requirement. Alternatives, prevention, law enforcement discretion will be its focus in weeks to come.
Spencer praised the success of the study circles in the community. Radio spots continue on the third
Monday at 10 p.m. The task force continues to meet. Chief Juvenile Court Officer Frush agreed to pilot
the detention instrument.

Polk County – Met to find people who might be interested in serving on a committee. People who had
been in the justice system testified as to the impact the system had on their lives. Next meeting is October
19. The goal is to reduce the number of contacts at the front end. Richardson reported on school
suspensions. Focus groups recommendations are on the website. The Des Moines School Board will
review recommendations in November.

Foxhoven reported on George Boyken’s efforts to contract with Sioux City to provide suspended students
with an out of school suspension program. School work is being done. Test scores are going up. Polk
County has such a program but parents must consent for child to participate. The effort is to make it

Urban Institute discussion was tabled until the next meeting. Stanley suggested Salome Raheim could be


The committee directed Kuker to follow up with the Casey Foundation re a statewide effort.

Mike Leiber’s research results will be available at the DMC Conference. Leiber’s contact information is:
519 Scherer Hall
Wilder School of Government & Public Relations
PO Box 842028, 923 W. Franklin
Richmond, VA 23284-2028

Mark Prosser, chief of police in Storm Lake, will present at the Coalition for Juvenile Justice November
DMC meeting. Kuker and Jim Morris, Chair of the JJAC will attend.

The Black Male Conference in Indianapolis will be attended by Marvin Spencer and Dave Kuker.

Next meeting is December 14 from 10 a.m. to 12 noon on the ICN.

           lucas state office building/ des moines, iowa 50319/ 515-242-5823/ fax 515-242-6119
                               a division of the department of human rights

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