DELAWARE TASK FORCE
On Monday, July 18th 2011 The Racial Justice Improvement Project Delaware Task Force held a workshop training event on Bias-Free Decision Making at the Dover Sheraton Hotel in Dover, Delaware. All Forty-Two Supervisors of the Delaware Probation Department were required to attend this training. The following members of the Delaware Task Force: Curt Shockley, Director of Probation and Parole, Justice Henry DuPont Ridgley, and Colonel Robert Coupe, representing the Delaware State Police, presented during this day-long training. Special thanks to Delaware Task Force Members Amy Quinlan and Drewry Fennell.
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The Delaware Task Force is examining probation revocation practices in the state. The task force has collected data to determine whether African Americans are revoked at a higher rate than similarly-situated White probationers. The Task Force has conducted a statewide training for probation officers on “bias-free decision making.”
In addition to looking at the specific topic of probation, the Task Force is also working on the implementation of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council's Declaration of Leading Practices to Protect Civil Rights and Promote Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal Justice System. Delaware Task Force in the News.
The Delaware Department of Correction would like to implement a mechanism to manage and track probation violations and the type of sanctions that are implemented on Probationers as a result of violation. In order to accomplish this, the Department would like to integrate these functions within the DACS system. This will allow the users to leverage existing functions within DACS to track and report information about probationers. This project would allow the Department to contribute to the Delaware’s Racial Justice Initiative Project by providing real time access and reporting to key indicators.
Some of the Key Objectives of this project include:
The following modifications would be developed in DACS to support the above objectives:
The implementation of these functions will provide the Department with a tool to better manage its offender population and will enable the implementation of operational efficiencies. Furthermore, these changes would allow the Probation Officers to have a guideline that drives the sanctions based on predefined objective criteria.
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