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Disproportionate Minority Contact
(NCJ 228306) October 2009
OJJDP In Focus, Fact Sheet, 4 page(s)
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
 
Provides an overview of OJJDPís efforts to reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC). DMC refers to the disproportionate number of minority youth groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Amendments to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act in 2002 require state participants of OJJDPís Formula Grants program to address DMC if it exists within their jurisdictions. The publication includes a description of OJJDPís DMC Reduction Model which helps states determine whether disproportionality exists and, if it does, guides the establishment of multipronged intervention strategies to ensure equal treatment of all youth. The fact sheet also includes a summary of statesí DMC-reduction activities derived from compliance plans submitted in fiscal year 2008.
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