Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) refers to the overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system. In California, as with nearly all other states, minority youth are overrepresented at various stages of the juvenile justice system such as detention and commitment. The Orange County Probation Department in conjunction with key stakeholders is committed to reducing DMC in the County. The Department has dedicated a DMC Reduction Specialist. In addition, we also:
Coordinate the DMC efforts with the DMC Ad-Hoc Committee
Utilize grant funds from the W. Haywood Burns Institute to develop programs that aim to reduce DMC
Provide training and technical assistance around DMC and cultural competency to staff and collaborative partners
Gather, analyze and distribute juvenile justice data
Conduct research on effective DMC reduction programs
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