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Title V Addressing Disproportionate Minority Contact: Truancy Interventions

In early 2000, the Children’s Initiative and the San Diego County Probation Department formed the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Committee to examine if and how DMC manifested itself in the County’s juvenile justice system. The Applied Research Division of SANDAG played a key role in the process by conducting both an identification and assessment study. These research efforts informed the DMC Committee’s development of a DMC reduction plan which provides 11 recommendations to address DMC. One of the study’s key findings predicting detainment and confinement was truancy. Specifically, a youth who had a history of truancy was more likely to be both detained and receive an institutional commitment compared to a youth who was not truant.

Through Federal Title V funds targeting reduction of DMC, SANDAG has been contracted by the San Diego County Probation Department to identify factors contributing to truancy and school disciplinary problems at three schools located in central San Diego. To achieve this goal, data were gathered and analyzed from school attendance records, interviews with key school personnel, and official crime records. SANDAG, in collaboration with the San Diego Unified School District, San Diego County Probation Department, and the Children’s Initiative, will utilize the results of this analysis to develop policy and program recommendations to reduce truancy at the three identified schools.

Project Manager

Sandy Keaton, Senior Criminal Justice Research Analyst
Phone: (619) 699-6933, Email:

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