2014 Governor's Summit on Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System








Promising Practices:
Disproportionate Minority Contact - What's Working?

Oregon is nationally recognized as a leader in the effort to address disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system because of its’ long-standing commitment to rethink and ultimately improve the juvenile justice system. Since 1988, the former Oregon Commission on Children and Families (and the newly formed Youth Development Council) have been studying the problem of disproportionate over-representation of minority youth in secure facilities and developing strategies to address the problem.  Oregon implemented local DMC six projects to address issues related to overrepresentation of minority youth in the juvenile justice system.  Oregon Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) supported these efforts through funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Nationally, states have continued to work on specific DMC reduction strategies that include policies, practices, prevention, intervention, and after care programming to reduce the racial/ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system.

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency and Prevention (OJJDP) has established resources to assist states in addressing DMC related issues (Model Program Guide, DMC Virtual Resource Center; Training go to http://www.ojjdp.gov/dmc for more information.
  • The Juvenile Justice Network – Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform 2009-2011 Report - Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) -2009; pages 17-21 http://www.njjn.org/our-work/advances-in-juvenile-justice-reform



Questions regarding the Summit?  Contact:
Marisela Gonzalez - 503-378-4667
Renee Hernandez - 503-373-7595