An Assessment of Disproportionate Minority Confinement: Evidence from Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act

Julian L. Scott III, Gbolahan S. Osho


Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC) has made some states’ reexamine their policies to reduce the number of minorities that are processed into the criminal justice system. “In 1998, Congress amended the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act by requiring that states receiving funding from Title II Part B Formula Grants program to address the issue of disproportionate minority confinement”(Rodney and Tachia, 2004.) Has the amending of Title II part B brought a trend to reduce the number of disproportionate minorities confined to secure facilities? Have other factors involved with the arrest, processing, and confinement of minorities contradict the role in which Title II Part B was intended.

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