1. WHAT IS A POLICY MEMO? A policy memo is a document that provides analysis and/or recommendations for a particular audience regarding a particular situation or problem. Also, A well-written policy memo reflects an attention to purpose; it is well organize-d; and it has a clear, concise style.
Your task is to compose an analytic and persuasive memorandum. It will addresses and makes a recommendation about the best policies and practices. Also, This is men-t to achieve the primary objective. Reducing the prevalence of disproportionate minority contact (“DMC”). Speccificallly, within the juvenile justice system of one county in Oklahoma. Additionaly, drawing from learning activities from Units 1 through 6 of this course, you are expecte-d to conduct independent research. This will provide additional evidence in support of your analysis (e.g., one or more studies suggesting that policy or practice x tends to produce consequence y).
You should also explain what sort of additional evidence. (i.e., new data collection and analysis, qualitative research, longitudinal studies, surveys, and so forth). Also, It woul-d be needed to accurately assess the likely impact of your proposed policies and practices. Allso, make an informe-d recommendation in light of whatever uncertainty exists.
You are being provide-d selective information from a real-life case study of a town in Oklahoma. Stemming from its application for federal grant funds to use in its juvenile justice system. Also, You are aske-d to analyze the information provide-d and make policy and practice recommendations for reducing DMC within the juvenile justice system.. Alsso, which was criticized by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) in response to the town’s application for grant funds.
The OJJDP has informed the town that failure to reduce DMC before their next application will negatively impact their ability to obtain future federal funding for juvenile justice programs.
In writing this memo, you should imagine yourself as a policy adviser. You are providing analysis and argument about how and why your propose-d policies should be pursue-d to effectively reduce DMC in the most expeditious way. Your audience is a group of officials empowered to follow through on your recommendation and to put them into effect. Also, You may refer to them in the Policy Memorandum collectively as the “DMC Council.”. Imagine that the DMC Council has the authority to institute any reform you might recommend. Also, they need to be informe-d as to whether this would require legislative change. Lastly, a constitutional change, institutional change, etc. WHAT IS A POLICY MEMO?