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Disproportionate Minority Confinement: Lessons Learned From Five States
(NCJ 173420) December 1998
Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Devine, P., Coolbaugh, K., Jenkins, S.
This bulletin explains OJJDP's Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC) initiative. It describes how five pilot States (Arizona, Florida, Iowa, North Carolina, and Oregon) assessed the extent to which minority juveniles were disproportionately confined by their juvenile justice systems, designed comprehensive DMC strategies, and implemented interventions to address identified problems. The DMC initiative also included a national evaluation, one objective of which was to document the lessons learned and key factors in successful State and local efforts. The Bulletin summarizes lessons learned from the national evaluation, drawing on findings from related research and current State DMC practices as reported in OJJDP policy and management reports.