Disproportionate Minority Contact Task Force

As a result of the 2011 Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families Task Force on Race Disparity and Disproportionality in Youth Services Final Report (PDF), the Charlottesville City Council established the Charlottesville Task Force on Racial Disparities and Disproportionality.

Original Members

Original members of the DMC Task Force include:

  • Rory Carpenter, Staff to the Task Force, City of Charlottesville
  • Martha Carroll, Director of Court Services for the 16th District
  • Dave Chapman, Commonwealth Attorney for Charlottesville
  • Emily Dreyfus, JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Gretchen Ellis, Staff to the Task Force, City of Charlottesville
  • Jeff Fogel, Attorney
  • Deirdre Gilmore, Public Housing Association of Residents
  • Elizabeth Killeen, Assistant Commonwealth Attorney for Charlottesville
  • Captain Wendy Lewis, Charlottesville Police Department
  • Chief Timothy Longo, Charlottesville Police Department
  • Mike Murphy, Assistant City Manager, City of Charlottesville
  • N. Dickon Reppucci, Profession of Psychology, University of Virginia
  • Cathy Roessler, Assistant Superintendent, Blue Ridge Detention Center
  • David Saunier, Central Virginia Restorative Justice
  • Jeree Thomas, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center
  • Todd Warner, researcher, University of Virginia
  • Tammi Walker, researcher, University of Virginia


The task force has the following duties:

  • Collecting and understanding the current state of data collection procedures for monitoring Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)
  • Examining each step in our local juvenile justice system by analyzing data and conducting interviews to identify factors contributing to DMC
  • Recommending specific policy and practice changes based on the results of data analysis and national, evidence-based practices
  • Exploring and implementing new data collection procedures and practices
  • Providing appropriate and sustained training for persons working in the juvenile justice system
  • Enhancing protective factors and diversions
  • Reducing disproportionality and disparities over a sustained period using a systemic approach 

Task Force Documents