ERIC Number: ED409386
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Disproportionate Minority Confinement (DMC). A Special Report.
Bumbarger, Brian, Ed.
As far back as the 1960s, research and statistics began to demonstrate what appeared to be an inequality in the criminal justice system in that minorities, particularly black males, were being arrested and confined in numbers far greater than their proportion to the general population. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice, in conjunction with Community Research Associates, and the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention hosted a conference on this issue in February 1996. The articles in this collection were written for that conference. The first, "The Rerudj Concept and the Imperative of an African-American Success Model" by Kevin Thomas describes an approach that uses spiritual, value-based, and culturally appropriate problem solving methods to promote the ancient concept of "rerudj," a restoration of that which is damaged. "Identification and Assessment" by Donna Hamperian discusses the identification and assessment of causes of minority overrepresentation in the justice system. "Recognizing System Effects of the DMC Initiative" by William Feyerherm considers a pilot project to develop innovative approaches to DMC in five states. "Positive Activities from the DMC Initiative" by Reggie Morton considers the DMC mandate of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and the actions states and local jurisdictions are taking to approach DMC from a problem-solving perspective. Prevention, education, and willingness to change must be the focus of these efforts. (SLD)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Proceedings; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Washington, DC.