Minutes of the meeting juvenile justice advisory committee

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

Department of Transportation

Newington, Connecticut

Members Present: Glenda Armstrong, Fran Carino (for Kevin Kane), Henry Crawford (by written proxy), Danielle Forko (by written proxy), Amy Giovannucci (by written proxy), Tasha Hunt (for Peter Brown), Tonya Lewis (by written proxy), Polly Marston (for Joette Katz), Ebony McDaniel, Patrick Mickens (by written proxy), Patrick O’Hara, Peggy Perillie (by written proxy), Christine Rapillo, Tiffany Wynn (by written proxy).
Members Absent: Gregg Cogswell, Magdamaris Figueroa, Janice Giegler, DebraLee Hovey, Gladys Labas, Catherine LeVasseur, Jeffrey Mueller, George Oleyer, Julie Penry, Bridget Reilly, Amanda Young.
Others Present: Name Affiliation

Valerie LaMotte Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, OPM

Maggie Ferron Mansfield
Minutes of the November 24, 2015 Meeting (I)
The meeting was called to order at 2:40 p.m. The minutes of the November 24, 2015 meeting were unanimously approved as distributed.

Update on Funds Allocation Sheets (II)
Ms. Valerie LaMotte informed members that there were no updates to the funds allocation sheets to report at this meeting.

Evaluation Results on the School Attendance Retreat (III)

Ms. LaMotte handed out a summary of the evaluation results from the Connecticut Consortium on School Attendance’s 11th Annual Retreat, which was held November 23 & 24, 2015 at Water’s Edge in Westbrook. The highest rated segment of the retreat was viewing the documentary Paper Tigers at the Westbrook movie theater. This film addressed the issue of adverse childhood experiences (ACE’s) and becoming a trauma-informed school by looking at the stories of several students at a Walla Walla, Washington alternative high school. All 61 respondents (of the 95 attendees for a respond rate of 64%) rated Paper Tigers as excellent (92%) or good (8%). All but one person found the conference as a whole useful, and all responded that they would take action on what they had learned. Comments included many positive statements that this was the best event yet. Others expressed interest in more practical strategies for addressing school attendance and more networking opportunities.

Review of Agency Submissions for the Statutory Report on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) (IV)
Ms. LaMotte explained that she had sent an email to the heads of the five state juvenile justice agencies and their contact persons (state police, prosecutors, public defenders, Judicial Branch and Department of Children and Families) asking each to provide information as decided by the JJAC at their November meeting for the legislatively mandated report on DMC. They were to discuss two DMC initiatives accomplished during the last four years including data that documented the services, trainings or system improvements completed and one strategy they would be implementing to address DMC over the next two years. They were told that the information should be about a page in length per initiative. Information was received from only three agencies and it was pointed out that agencies received the email December 15 and might not have had much time to respond given the time of year. Members also had some issues about whether the initiatives were for general system improvement rather than to address disproportionate minority contact, questions about the data reported, and requests that the style of the report be more story-based and readable. Staff was asked to transmit these concerns and suggestions back to the agencies.

Update on School Staff Trainings (V)

Ms. LaMotte shared that 21 sessions of Effective School Staff Interactions with Students and Police one day training for school staff were taught this fall with 458 persons attending. Twenty-six sessions are scheduled for spring. The project might be a little behind in the numbers trained, but it is expected that the training component of reaching all staff in 10 schools will be completed on time by summer of 2016.

Other Business (VI)
The members had a lively discussion of the state initiatives to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 21 and to close the Connecticut Juvenile Training School.
The meeting was adjourned at 4:40 p.m.

The minutes were prepared by Valerie LaMotte.

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