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NCJ Number: 250301 Find in a Library
Title: Case Studies of Nine Jurisdictions that Reduced Disproportionate Minority Contact in their Juvenile Justice Systems
Author(s): Elizabeth Spinney; Marcia Cohen; William Feyerherm; Rachel Stephenson; Martha Yeide; Michael Hopps
Corporate Author: Development Services Group, Inc.
United States of America
Date Published: October 2016
Page Count: 97
Sponsoring Agency: Development Services Group, Inc.
Bethesda, MD 20814
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2009-JF-FX-0103
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Case Study; Program/Project Description; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents case studies of nine U.S. jurisdictions that reduced disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in their juvenile justice systems over a 3-year period during the research time frame.
Abstract: DMC has been recognized for decades as a deep-rooted problem in U.S. juvenile justice systems. All States are required to address DMC in order to stay in compliance with the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). The U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) tracks compliance with this JJDPA requirement. In 2005, OJJDP began requiring States to use a Web-based data entry system to input data on the flow of youths at nine points in their juvenile justice systems. The current study is the first to conduct a systematic review of these data and identify sites that have reduced DMC over an extended period of time. Through the presented case studies, strategies used to reduce DMC in these nine sites are identified. The sites selected represent a diverse group of jurisdictions, both geographically and demographically. The portion of the youth population ages 10-17 that was minority ranged from 15 percent in one county to 78 percent in another jurisdiction. The poverty rates for children and youth also varied significantly among the nine sites. This study identifies and explains the eight most-noted strategies. Extensive tables and figures and 121 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Case studies; Disproportionate Minority Contact; Juvenile case management; Juvenile case studies; Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act; OJJDP final report; OJJDP Resources
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