From 2012 to early 2013, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, in partnership with the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and the Center for Prevention Research and Development at the University of Illinois, conducted an extensive study of Disproportionate Minority Contact. Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) describes the longstanding finding across the country that the percentage of youth of color involved in the juvenile justice system is larger than the percentage of the same youth in the population.
The study included extensive data collection from 41 Illinois counties on youth involved in various stages of the juvenile justice system in 2010. Researchers also completed extensive surveys and interviews of juvenile justice professionals.
The assessment was submitted to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in March 2013.
For more information about DMC, contact Karima Douglas at 312.861.6600.