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Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee

The Chairman of the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)Subcommittee is Daniel Elby, Founder and Executive Director of Alternative Rehabilitation Communities (ARC), Inc., based in Dauphin County. The DMC Subcommittee represent the Department of Public Welfare, the delinquency intervention arena, juvenile court services, public defenders, education and community-based organizations.

The Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Subcommittee of the PCCD Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee works to develop and implement strategies to reduce the disproportionately high contact of minority youth with the state’s juvenile justice system. This includes working closely with the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), which develops the DMC indices for each county in Pennsylvania. These indices are then submitted to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Each state that participates in the federal Formula Grants Program is required to report on DMC progress as part of the monitoring process in its comprehensive Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention three-year plan and subsequent plan updates in order to demonstrate compliance with Section 223(a)(22) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Plan updates are required and reviewed annually by the federal OJJDP. States failing to address the overrepresentation of minority youth contact in their juvenile justice systems risk losing 20 percent of their federal Formula Grants allocation for that year. Pennsylvania is one of three states currently in full compliance with the federal reporting requirements.

Questions about the work of this Subcommittee should be directed to Steve Lynch at slynch@pa.gov or (717) 265-8457.

Disproportionate Minority Contact Subcommittee Members

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