Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Maryland Juvenile Justice System
Group: University of Maryland Institute for Governmental Service and Research
The first section of this report details the level of DMC occurring at various stages of juvenile case processing for African-American and Latino youth, and for girls of color, using both statewide and local jurisdictional data. Analyses exploring possible contributing factors to DMC are presented in a second section. These include multivariate analyses of two key decision points, detention and petitioning, and analyses of juvenile justice staff overrides of a detention decision-making protocol and of charge-specific disproportionalities in Baltimore City. A third section provides a comprehensive description and assessment of current strategies and efforts aimed at reducing DMC, including state and local-level DMC coordinators and committee structures, systems change interventions, and DMC reduction programs. Results from a statewide survey of juvenile justice stakeholders on their perceptions of the extent and urgency of DMC issues in their jurisdictions, and local reduction efforts, are presented in the final section.
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