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Disproportionate Minority Contact

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Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) refers to the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 broadened the scope of the DMC initiative from "disproportionate minority confinement" to "disproportionate minority contact," requiring an examination of potential disproportionate representation at all decision points within the juvenile justice continuum and implementation of data-based prevention and system improvement efforts to reduce identified disproportionality. For further information, visit the DMC Web page.
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FY 2013 Disproportionate Minority Contact Community and Strategic Planning Project
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OJJDP Contact(s)

Andrea Coleman
DMC Coordinator
202-514-1319
andrea.coleman@usdoj.gov

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OJJDP Publication(s)
Disproportionate Minority Confinement: 2002 Update
September 2004. This summary report provides an overview of recent disproportionate minority confinement (DMC)-related developments within the United States juvenile justice system with a brief overview of the data, an outline compliance and assessment. 42 pages. NCJ 201240.
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Disproportionate Minority Contact
October 2009. This OJJDP In Focus article presents information on OJJDP's efforts to address the problem of disproportionate minority contact. 4 pages. NCJ 228306.
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Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact: Preparation at the Local Level
September 2009. Intended as a companion document to the latest edition of the U.S. Justice Department's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's “Disproportionate Minority Contact Technical Assistance Manual," this bulletin describes strategies that States and communities can use in preparing to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC), which refers to the disproportionate representation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. 12 pages. NCJ 218861.
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