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Topic: Application: Disproportionate Minority Contact or Confinement
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Application: Disproportionate Minority Contact or Confinement
Disproportionate minority contact or confinement (DMC) involves the overrepresentation of minorities in the criminal justice system. It is difficult to know exactly what causes DMC and multiple factors seem to contribute to the issue. Some scholars (e.g. Hawkins, Leonard) argue that DMC points to potential discriminatory practices built into the criminal justice system. Other scholars (e.g. Kakar) argue that DMC may occur due to poor family structure and lack of economic opportunities for minorities. Most likely, the root of the issue is multi-faceted and requires a variety of approaches to address it. DMC is a complex concept in criminal justice, and it is important for you as a current or future criminal justice professional to think about strategies to decrease and prevent it in the future.
The assignment (2-3 pages):
- Describe three factors that might contribute to disproportionate minority contact or confinement (DMC) and explain how.
- Describe at least two approaches that might decrease DMC in the criminal justice system and explain how.
- As a current or future criminal justice professional, describe two strategies you might employ to prevent DMC in the future, and explain why you selected these strategies.
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Application: Disproportionate Minority Contact or Confinement Student: Professor: Institution: Course title: Date: Introduction Disproportionate minority contact or confinement (DMC) involves disproportionate juveniles that are members of a minority group that come in contact with the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act required states to participate in this program that would enable addressing juvenile delinquency prevention and fostering improvement of the efforts for dealing and reducing DMC (U.S Department of Justice, 2009; Piquero, 2008). Contributing factors to DMC The criminal and juvenile justice system has observed continuous racial and ethnic differentials whose explanations have been offered by researchers and policy makers. Some factors that contribute to disproportionate minority contact or confinement as argued by commentators is the fact that the system is colour-blind and the justice sy