Louisiana Commission on Law Enforcement
The federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention requires every state to collect data on disproportionate minority contact (DMC) within the juvenile justice system. HZA developed the Juvenile Justice Tracking Tool (JJ-Track) to allow states and localities to track youth at each contact point and measure the extent to which DMC exists. JJ-Track is comprised of a series of Excel worksheets, some of which are used for data input and others for summary. As youth enter the juvenile justice system, i.e., at the point of arrest, officials enter basic information which will then be used to quantify the population and summarize its racial/ethnic composition. The youth can then be tracked through subsequent contact points and the system automatically calculates the Relative Rate Index (RRI) which measures the extent of DMC. The system also offers states and localities the ability to identify other factors which may influence a youth’s involvement in the juvenile justice system (for example, household composition) and to monitor progress in addressing DMC where it exists.
Penobscot County, Maine
Penobscot County Vocational and Housing Support
HZA developed case management software for the Penobscot County’s Sherriff’s Office to use for its federal re-entry project, Penobscot County Vocational and Housing Support. HZA is also the evaluator of the project, funded by the Second Chance Act. The software helps case managers track clients who have received the re-entry support, whose focus is vocational training and housing. It includes all the assessment data such as AC-OK and the Level of Service Inventory so that HZA can relate the recidivism outcomes to assessments, treatment and services received.