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Disproportionate Minority Contact

In 1990, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency established the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Subcommittee to assess the overrepresentation of minority youth in Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system. The DMC also works to develop and implement strategies to reduce the disproportionately high contact of minority youth with the state’s juvenile justice system.

In its current work, the DMC Subcommittee is partnering with Allegheny, Berks, Dauphin, Lancaster, and Philadelphia Counties to work on minority youth and law enforcement relationships. These five counties were selected on the basis of statistical data showing disproportionate numbers of minority youth within the juvenile justice systems in those counties.

With the support of the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency, these counties bring youth and law enforcement together to have open, honest discussions about the differences in the perspectives, personalities, attitudes, and cultures of each group as well as issues of respect and profiling. The subcommittee is working toward the development of a curriculum that will eventually be added to local middle schools and to the Municipal and Philadelphia Police Academy trainings to better educate each group.

PCCD awarded funds for a Latino Youth Needs Assessment, which will identify the needs of Latino youth involved with the juvenile justice system in Pennsylvania. The DMC Subcommittee plans to analyze the final product, make funding decisions based on the findings, and ultimately support program opportunities where needed.

Click the links below for more information on the federal requirements related to the DMC activities and the availability of DMC Technical Assistance.

Federal Disproportionate Minority Contact Reporting Requirements

                    DMC Technical Assistance