Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC): Arrest/Referral Assessment

Study Dates: 2012
Study Description: The purpose of this study was to conduct an assessment of local jurisdictions to identify potential explanations for why disproportionate minority contact (DMC) occurs among juveniles at the point of arrest and referral by law enforcement for follow-up data analyses and to explore possible solutions to address the disparity. This study was comprised of two phases: 1) interviews with local Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) to identify potential explanations for why DMC occurs among juveniles at the point of arrest/referral and identify potential data sources to confirm or disprove those hypotheses, and 2) collection of de-identified data from each of the LEAs to examine DMC issues/explanations proposed in Phase One.

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