disproportionate minority confinement | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Corrections

Disproportionate minority confinement (DMC) refers to the overrepresentation of racial and ethnic minority groups in the criminal justice system, specifically in secure detention and incarceration.


This can occur at various stages of the justice process, including arrest, charging, and sentencing. DMC is a concern because it can perpetuate and exacerbate existing inequalities and may be a result of bias or discrimination in the justice system. It is also known as racial or ethnic disproportionality in the justice system.


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Last Modified: 01/09/2023

 

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