DELAWARE TASK FORCE
Project Update! On January 29, 2014, Amy Quinlan of the Delaware Task Force participated in the RJIP's presentation at BJA's Enrichment Day. For the full presentation, click here.
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.
The Delaware Task Force examined probation violation practices in the state. The task force collected data that determined that African Americans are violated 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.”
Key Objectives of the Delaware Reform include:
The following modifications have been developed in DACS to support the above objectives:
The implementation of these functions provides the Department with a tool to better manage its offender population and enables the implementation of operational efficiencies. Furthermore, these changes provides the Probation Officers with a guideline that drives the sanctions based on predefined, objective criteria.
A survey was created to track the success of our initiative in Delaware. For the complete survey data, please see here.
Final Evaluation Findings:
Data and Resources
Outcome Evaluation Plan, please click here.
2013 Individual Level II and III VOPs Data, please click here.
2011 Comparison of VOPs to Probation Population by Race, please click here.
PO Survey Data for Report, please click here.
Current Events in the Delaware Area
Delaware Supreme Court and Delaware Criminal Justice Council Co-Sponsored Summit on Racial and Ethnic Fairness in the Criminal Justice System (Delaware Courts Press Release, Sept. 12, 2007)
2011 Race and Incarceration in Delaware Report
2010 Racial Justice Improvement Project Proposal
2010 Racial Justice Improvement Project Proposal Part II
2010 Racial Justice Improvement Project Proposal – Part III
Press Release ABA RJIP April 27 2010
Press Release ABA RJIP September 9, 2010
Delaware Center for Justice
Delaware Criminal Justice Counsel Membership
The State of Sentencing 2011 - Developments in Policy and Practice
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