Allegheny County Youth Justice & Equity Committee

Banner for webpage Almost 100 representatives of government, philanthropies, nonprofits, law enforcement and communities gathered on Wednesday, August 22 at the Forum on Youth & Police Engagement. Representatives of state agencies and commissions provided background that diagnosed the issue of disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system in Allegheny County.

FACT:  Black youth are arrested 6x more and detained 3x more than white youth.

We need to productively search for solutions to the problem of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) among black youth in Allegheny County. It is not a one-time fix. It requires ongoing, consistent attention and dedication. This DMC 5-Phase Reduction Cycle–presented by Lenore D. Wyant, DMC coordinator for Pennsylvania Commission on Crime & Delinquency–illustrates how our solutions can be both effective and sustainable. Cycle II
Participants at the Forum on Youth & Police Engagement broke into four groups to begin the process of identifying strategies and resources, sustainability tactics, and who should be involved in the process.  Feedback from those four groups is represented below: Feedback from Youth Police Engagement Forum       
If you have any questions, or need additional information, please contact Amachi Pittsburgh at info@amachipgh.org and put “Youth Justice” in the subject line. We want to engage any and all people interested in this issue. Thank you.