State of Alaska
Dept of Health & Social Services
Division of Juvenile Justice
240 Main Street, Suite 701
P.O. Box 110635
Juneau, AK 99811-0635
Tel: (907) 465-2212
Fax: (907) 465-2333
For additional information, please contact:
Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice
PO Box 110635
Juneau, AK 99811-0635
(907) 465-3855 Bev.Schoonover@alaska.gov
Disproportionate Minority Contact
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) exists when minority youth have a rate of contact with the juvenile justice system that is significantly higher from the rate of contact for white youth. DMC occurs when the proportion of minority youth in a community is lower than the proportion of minority youth involved in the local juvenile justice system.
History of DMC Mandate
The purpose of the DMC Core Requirement: to ensure equal and fair treatment for every youth in the juvenile justice system, regardless of race and ethnicity.
Since 1969, research has shown that DMC is a pervasive and long-standing problem throughout the nation. The causes of DMC are complex and may include disparities both within and outside the system.
Since 1990, the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and other entities have been providing research and technical assistance to state and local efforts to reduce DMC. As a result, some states and localities have demonstrated measureable successes through the implementation of innovative DMC reduction strategies.
Since 1994, the Alaska Division of Juvenile Justice and its citizen advisory board, the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (AJJAC), have been working to reduce DMC in Alaska.
Federal DMC Mandate
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 requires states that receive certain federal juvenile justice grant funds to use a portion of those funds to address DMC. Click here for more information.
DMC Activities in Alaska
In 1994, the Alaska Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (AJJAC) convened a DMC Workgroup to begin addressing DMC in Alaska. Click here to see a timeline of DJJ's DMC efforts.
There is a growing body of information about how DMC is created and how it is being reduced. DMC studies and resources have been published and are available online. DMC statistics are updated annually are also available online.
DMC Rates in Alaska
The Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) calculates, monitors and analyzes DMC rates in Alaska for different juvenile justice decision points, minority groups and jurisdictions.
DMC Training and Technical Assistance