2014 Governor's Summit on Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System









Breakout Sessions




Breaking the School to Prison Pipeline in Oregon: Implications for Policy and Practice

Participants will learn about the current research regarding implicit bias and its effect on the continuance of institutional racism and disparate discipline practices with students of color.  This session will also provide an opportunity for those in attendance to engage in an interactive dialogue, and learn about the use of Restorative Justice Principles in school, family, and student relationships.


  • Kent McIntosh, University of Oregon

  • Erik Grivan, University of Oregon School of Law

  • Christina Albo, Resolutions Northwest

  • Sheila Warren, Portland Parent Union


  • John Inglish, Education Specialist, Oregon Department of Education


Part 1 - Looking Deeper into Detention Decisions

This session will discuss an examination of the Juvenile Detention Decision (release or hold) at the time of intake. Specifically, the project reviewed the reasons for the hold decision for all youth brought to the detention center over a five-year period. The goal of the project was to determine if there was a specific detention reason that may have been driving disproportionality.


  • Craig Bachman, Custody Services Manager, Multnomah County Department of Community Justice-Juvenile Services Division


  • Torri Lynn, Linn County Juvenile Department Director, Albany, Oregon

Part 2 - Striving to Reduce Youth Violence Everywhere (STRYVE)

Participants will learn about STRYVE, a federal demonstration site supported by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to bring local health departments into conversations of youth violence prevention.  The presenter leads the work of a multi-sector coalition to reduce youth violence, exposure to violence and structural inequities at the root of poor health outcomes as well as serving on the Local Public Safety Coordination Council; and will share other efforts which includes educational reform surrounding exclusionary discipline of students of color, youth and family engagement by the City of Portland and Multnomah County.


  • Rebecca Stavenjord, STRYVE Project Director, Community Capacitation Center, Multnomah County Health Department

  • Kimberly Bernard

  • Brian Detman

  • Mary Geelan


  • Torri Lynn, Linn County Juvenile Department Director, Albany, Oregon


Oregon Prosecutors Address Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) in the Juvenile Justice System

From rural to urban regions of Oregon, Oregon District Attorneys will discuss their role in understanding, evaluating, and responding to disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the Oregon juvenile justice system.  Prosecutors from Benton, Crook, and Multnomah Counties will offer their regional perspective on considering cultural context in an era demographic conversion.  The discussion will address current collaborative responses, and offer details on prosecution-driven processes aimed at justice-based equity.


  • John Haroldson, District Attorney, Benton County

  • Rob Underhill, District Attorney, Multnomah County

  • Glen Banfield, Senior Deputy District Attorney, Multnomah County

  • Daina Arija Vitolins, District Attorney, Crook County


  • Gary Sims, Director, Diversity and Inclusion Division, Oregon Department of Corrections


State and Local Collective Impact Strategies to Reform Juvenile Justice and Reduce Disparities

This session will focus on how the statewide collective impact planning process helped drive significant change in New York by forming highly-structured, cross-sector collaborative, and driving change through a common agenda, shared measurement systems, mutually reinforcing activities, continuous communications , and the presence of backbone infrastructure

Participants will also learn about the Lane County Youth & Family Navigator Collaboration which grew out of an outreach effort by the Lane County Division of Youth Services (DYS) to engage community partners in addressing disproportionate minority contact in Lane County.  Centro Latino Americano stepped up and committed to serving as the backbone organization in the collective impact and joined with DYS and other community organizations to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) locally.


  • Thomas Andriola, Chief of Policy and Implementation, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services

  • Jennifer Cearley, Senior Management Analyst, Lane County Department of Youth Services

  • David Saez, Executive Director, Centro Latino Americano, Eugene, Oregon


  • Anya Sekino, Juvenile Crime Prevention Manager, Oregon Youth Development Division/ODE


Strategic Recommendations to Reduce DM Recidivism in the Juvenile Justice System

This session will focus on juvenile reentry planning to strategically target disproportionate minority recidivism (DMR).  Review an overall reentry plan with targeted points of intervention to reduce disproportionate minority recidivism.  Presenters will identify strategies to target the educational and employability needs of minority youth.  Participants will also receive policy recommendations to target reduction of DMR in juvenile reentry back into local communities.


  • Tracie Hightower, OYA Facility Services Statewide Education Coordinator

  • Ed Duenez, Counselor Deer Park Academy, Beaverton School District

  • Johnny Demus, OYA Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations Transition Specialist

  • Kathleen Fullerton, Hope Partnership/Janus Youth Programs, contractor with OYA's Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations

  • Derric Thompson, Outreach Worker, SE Works, Portland


  • Faith Love, Senior Community Services Analyst, OYA Family Engagement Initiative


Mi Casa - Cultural Conflicts and Resolutions - Culturally Responsive Behavioral Health

This session will highlight the importance of cultural awareness for pivotal decision makers and how cultural awareness may play a role in reducing disproportionate minority contact/disparities within our youth-serving systems.  Participants will increase their knowledge in the following areas:  1) cultural conflicts and resolutions; and 2) understanding the need to be more inclusive in order to provide culturally responsive services in behavioral health.   Individuals will have an opportunity to engage with a youth who has experienced living his life in two different cultures - the American and Mexican cultures.


  • Jesus Navarro Meza, Addictions Counselor, Volunteers of America InAct

  • Alex Martinez, Student, Portland, Oregon


  • Dana C. Peterson, Medicaid Substance Use Disorder Specialist, Oregon Health Authority-Addictions and Mental Health Division


Differential Response - Safe and Equitable Foster Care Reduction Efforts

Participants will gain an understanding of Differential Response; family engagement as a method of Safe and Equitable Reduction; and development of a culturally appropriate service array within local communities.


  • Stacey Lake, Differential Response Program Manager, Office of Child Welfare, Oregon Department of Human Services

  • Melissa Sampson-Grier, Cross System Equity Coordinator, Office of Child Welfare, Oregon Department of Human Services


  • Jason Walling, Child Welfare Deputy Director, Office of Child Welfare, Oregon Department of Human Services


Structural Responsiveness to Differences (Interactive Session)

Key indicators of Structural Barriers (SB) which produce Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) are inequalities in arrests; intake; access to treatment and opportunity; policy impacts and outcomes.  Structural Barriers are intentionally difficult to identify or change in specific organizations and institutions, due to the reinforcing effects of many social systems and cultural norms. This interactive discussion is for Advanced Cultural Competency Learners.  We will dive deep into this topic and have a courageous conversation.  The goal is, to begin to deconstruct structural and systemic barriers in order to reduce DMC in Oregon.


  • Maria Chavez-Haroldson, Assistant Director, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations, Oregon Youth Authority

  • Mark Harris, Instructor, Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon


  • Drew Reynolds, Quality Control Coordinator, Security, Oak Creek Youth Correctional Facility, Oregon Youth Authority






Questions regarding the Summit?  Contact:
Marisela Gonzalez - 503-378-4667
Renee Hernandez - 503-373-7595