Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Reduction Initiative
Tulsa County’s Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Reduction Initiative seeks to reduce the overrepresentation of minority youth within the juvenile justice system. The multipronged approach includes both juvenile delinquency prevention efforts and system improvements to assure fair and equal treatment for all youth regardless of race and ethnicity.
The Community Service Council received a grant in fall 2009 from the State Advisory Group of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs to administer the DMC Reduction Initiative in Tulsa County. Tulsa’s Gang Coordinating Committee provides oversight for the initiative. The DMC Reduction Steering Committee consists of representatives from several law enforcement, social service, education, and other community agencies.
Tulsa's work is funded through the national Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) as part of a comprehensive plan.
Background on national OJJDP plans to reduce disproportionate minority contact: state and federal context
Recommended information sources: reducing disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system
Fast Facts on Juvenile Justice
Now available (spring 2012): a presentation for youth groups about the Youth Peace Initiative Flyer
CrimeSolutions.gov: A New Online Resource Highlighting Evidence-Based Programs
On June 22, 2011, the Office of Justice Programs (OJP) launched CrimeSolutions.gov, a central resource to inform practitioners and policymakers about what works in criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime-victim services, and to help them integrate these findings into programmatic and policy decisions.” [from crimesolutions.gov press release]
Disproportionate Minority Contact: Issues and Trends at the National‚ State and Local Level - August 3, 2011 Webinar
This webinar was attended by a wide range of juvenile justice practitioners, community and youth advocates, education and community stakeholders from across the country. Andrea R. Coleman, OJJDP DMC Coordinator, kicked off the presentation by providing an overview of DMC. Attendees also heard from the states of Connecticut, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wisconsin on their experiences and lessons learned in implementing delinquency prevention and systems improvement strategies that address Disproportionate Minority Contact and interaction with youth in their juvenile justice system.
- DMC Issues and Trends at National, State, and Local Level - PowerPoint August 3, 2011
- Disproportionate Minority Contact August 3 Webinar Transcription
Corinne Fiagome, DMC Reduction Coordinator
Other CSC initiatives, programs and sponsored groups