Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Diversion Assessment: Fiscal Year 2009 Juvenile Court Referrals

Study Dates: Spring 2011 Study Description: The DMC Diversion Assessment examined issues related to the lower rate of diversion from juvenile court for minority youth in Utah. Key factors related to the lower minority diversion rate were: the use of short-term detention (DT) with minority youth who have a new offense and the cumulative impact of minority youth often having more severe criminal histories, being less likely to meet diversion criteria, when meeting criteria being less often diverted, and recidivating at a higher rate. Study also reports on variance in outcomes for different racial/ethnic groups.

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Last Updated: 11/2/18