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

242 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529202403

Dimensions

234 x 156 mm

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 15, 2022

Page count

242 pages

Series

Sociology of Diversity

ISBN

978-1529202427

Dimensions

Imprint

Bristol University Press

Published

Feb 15, 2022

Page count

242 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 officers 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.

"This is a necessary read for anyone interested in how race intersects with the criminal justice system. The book fills a need by providing justification for changes in social policy that many seek." John D. Carl, University of Oklahoma

"An in-depth look at DMC in Oklahoma using various types of methods which all seem to be pointing to the same thing: non-White youth are much like White youth, yet they receive differential treatment based on historical patterns that persist today and continue to perplex communities across the US." Carlos E. Posadas, New Mexico State University

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