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Contact: Ryan Pinto, 360-902-0821, ryan.pinto@dshs.wa.gov
February 05, 2013
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Assessment Report Released for Washington State

OLYMPIA: Disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system is a top priority of the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ). The WA-PCJJ has released a report on the Washington State DMC assessment conducted by the University of Washington, Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (Dr. Michael Pullmann, Starcia Ague, Dr. Sarah Walker, Andrea Negrete, Henrietta Quick and Dr. Eric Trupin).

Since 1992, the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), acting on Congressional legislation, has required states to conduct regular assessments of the level of DMC at each major decision point in the juvenile justice system. DMC refers to unequal rates of white to non-white or Hispanic contact with the justice system, relative to the population of racial and ethnic groups in the community according to census data. The goal of the Washington State DMC Assessment is to identify areas in need of attention so that youth in the juvenile justice system are provided with equal and fair treatment that is not based on race and ethnicity.

In 2011, after a competitive process, the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) contracted with the University of Washington's Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy (PBHJP) to conduct this assessment.

The assessment looks at rates of disproportionality at several important decision points in the juvenile justice system, combined with stakeholder interviews for 12 jurisdictions: Adams, Benton/Franklin, King, Mason, Pierce, Spokane, Skagit, Whatcom, Clark, Kitsap, Thurston, and Yakima.

The report includes findings and recommendations at the state level as well for each jurisdiction. The report also outlines current promising practices and local efforts for DMC reduction. The WA-PCJJ plans to work to address the findings of the report and implement recommendations, both at the state level and with any jurisdiction that would like assistance.

 DMC Assessment Report

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