Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services

African American youth and, to a lesser degree, Hispanic youth are over-represented in the Illinois juvenile justice system - that is, the proportion of these ethnic minorities who are arrested and/or confined in detention centers or jails exceeds their proportion in the general population. This situation is known as "disproportionate minority contact" (DMC) with the juvenile justice system.  Federal juvenile justice funding comes with a requirement that states demonstrate efforts to reduce the rate of DMC. Illinois has gained national recognition for its innovation in addressing this persistent and exceedingly complex issue, focusing its efforts in four pilot communities - St. Clair and Peoria counties, and the South Suburban and Lawndale community areas of Chicago. Working with the Burns Institute of San Francisco, Illinois has taken a data-driven approach to developing community-driven strategies for reducing DMC.


Karima Douglas
Juvenile Justice Manager:
Disproportionate Minority Contact
Illinois Collaboration on Youth 
111 East Wacker Drive, Suite 325
Chicago, Illinois  60601
Phone:  (312) 861-6600
Fax:  (312) 861-6601