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COMMUNITY EVENT: DMCRED Virtual Meeting on August 3, 2020

Abstract: The DMCRED Learning Network is inviting you and your key community stakeholders to participate in the Racial and Ethnic Disparities Initiative. This initiative will work towards reducing racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system in Mississippi through the implementation of the DMCRED Learning Network training sessions.

The sessions begin on Monday, August 3, 2020 with a training on Using Data to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities, followed by a discussion on State Agency Models. For more information please visit: WWW.DMCRED.COM


July 31, 2020  


CONTACT: Alfred Martin, Jr., Ph.D., Board Chairman – MSJJAC-SAG 

(601) 573-1585, 


RIDGELAND, MS — The Mississippi Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Statewide Advisory Group (MSJJAC-SAG) announced today the launch of the DMCRED Learning Network to support reforms and promote education and training needed to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC) and racial and ethnic disparities (RED) among youth in the juvenile justice system in Mississippi. The DMCRED Network will implement high quality, thorough, and relative trainings to juvenile justice professionals and stakeholders throughout the state of Mississippi in a virtual format. The training(s) August 3, 11, 19, 24, 28, 31, and September 9, 17, 22, 28, 2020 is being provided to multidisciplinary teams throughout the state. These teams usually consist of representatives from families, local schools, community mental health centers, county child protection services, juvenile justice, local Department of Rehabilitation Services, local Health Department, local Law Enforcement, Ministers, youth leaders, and other representatives of children/youth and family service groups or organizations. 

The training is being conducted by Edward Palmer (KY). He is a Certified Diversity Trainer and works to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  He most recently became a certified Racial and Ethnic Disparities Capstone Project Fellow through the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. He is the chairman of the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) and a member of the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB).

Created in response to data that shows disproportionate minority contact within the Mississippi juvenile justice system along with racial and ethnic disparities, the MSJJAC-SAG, with funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) through the Mississippi Department of Public Safety Division of Public Safety Planning Office of Justice Programs (DPSP – OJP). The agency also has a contract with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) to develop the DMCRED Learning Network.

The DMCRED Learning Network will offer virtual trainings and meetings on topics to address inequities in the Mississippi juvenile justice system. These topics will include: Implicit Bias, Using Data to Identify and Address Racial and Ethnic Disparities in MS Youth Courts, along with open forum discussions on race and social justice and using models within other states to build upon. “The data has consistently found that African American youth are more likely to be referred to the county youth courts by law enforcement, school officials, and other agents of social control and less likely to be diverted from the juvenile justice system than are non-Hispanic White youths in Mississippi. This initiative will work on addressing these issues in our state with the key stakeholders that can make these essential and necessary changes.”, says MSJJAC Chair Dr. Alfred Martin Jr.

About the MSJJAC-SAG 

The MSJJAC-SAG is a state-level body comprised of volunteers appointed by the Governor of the state of Mississippi working hand-in-hand with the DPSP – OJP Juvenile Justice Division on statewide juvenile justice initiatives. Additionally, the MSJJAC-SAG works closely with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) in its effort to make systemic statewide change. Members of the MSJJAC-SAG represent varying areas of the community.


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