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Stepping Up: The Role of Communities in Reducing DMC

The levels of disproportionate minority contact (DMC) in the juvenile justice system remain intolerable. Compared to their proportions in the general population, far more youth of color are involved in the system than White youth. (See national DMC figures at https://www.ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/ojjdp/228306.pdfl) Disparity is especially high for African Americans.

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Incarceration Widens Inequality

Many prisoners enter the justice system economically and occupationally disadvantaged, and incarceration only compounds the challenges they face. National survey data show that most offenders and ex-offenders are high school dropouts and that approximately half of state prisoners are either unemployed or only working part-time before their arrest (Western, 2006). With little or no occupational…

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Tried and True Solutions for California’s Overcrowded Prisons

Last week the Supreme Court ordered California to address its overcrowded prisons problem by significantly reducing its prison population over a two-year period. The State now has to decide how to safely meet the court’s requirements. Fortunately, Governor Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris, and the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation can draw from…

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Prisons and the Census

The Census Bureau has taken the first step toward a more accurate way of counting prisoners. Historically the Census has considered prisoners residents of the town in which the prison is located rather than residents of the community where they lived before incarceration. Now, instead of automatically counting them in prison, most of which are…

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