According to census estimates, since July, 2010, the overall juvenile population in Anne Arundel County has decreased by 4.2%. However, juvenile services complaints (all sources) have increased from 2,724 to 2,861(Department of Juvenile Services Data book, 2014). Disparity in Juvenile Justice, though decreasing, is still showing a rate for African Americans of 2.57 (2014 DMC data) as opposed to Caucasians. Public school system data is showing the same disparities. African Americans students only represented 19% of the public school enrollment but accounted for 45% of the disciplinary referrals (MSDE Suspension, Expulsion, and Health Related Exclusion Data, 2013-14).
This priority result area is supported by the needs identified across all service sectors related to supporting children during times they are not in school, especially those providing psychological assessments, emotional support, mentoring and diversion for vulnerable populations. Parent training and education were also cited as important components of programming.