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Disproportionate Minority Contact and Racism in the US

How We Failed Children of Color

By Paul R. Ketchum and B. Mitchell Peck

Published

Feb 15, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529202403

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 15, 2022

Page count

302 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529202427

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press
Disproportionate Minority Contact and Racism in the US

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), refers to the proportional overrepresentation of minority youth at each step of the juvenile justice system.

This book addresses the issue of color-blind racism through an examination of the circular logic used by the juvenile justice system to criminalize non-White youth.

Drawing on original data, including interviews with court and probation officer and juvenile self-reports, the authors call for a need to understand racial and ethnic inequality in the juvenile justice system from a structural perspective rather than simply at the level of individual bias.

This unique research will contribute to larger discussions on how race operates in the United States.

Paul R. Ketchum is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Oklahoma.

B. Mitchell Peck is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Oklahoma.

Introduction: Policy Born Out of Racist Myth

Occam’s Razor: Racial/Ethnic Inequality Throughout Society

Law Enforcement Contact with Juveniles: Arrests and Citations

The Juvenile Justice System: Intake Decisions and Outcomes

Juvenile Self-Reports of Deviant and Criminal Behaviour

Data Issues and the Case for Self-Report Data

Police, Juvenile Court and Juvenile Specialist Interviews

Conclusion and Discussion