Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)/Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) Committee

Helping Families. Supporting Communities. Empowering Individuals.

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) refers to the disproportionate number of minority youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 2002 broadened the scope of the DMC initiative from "disproportionate minority confinement" to "disproportionate minority contact," requiring an examination of potential disproportionate representation at all decision points within the juvenile justice continuum and implementation of data-based prevention and system improvement efforts to reduce identified disproportionality.


Rick Velasquez (Chair)

Esther Franco-Payne

Patrick Nelson

Michael Rodriguez

Randell Strickland

Meeting Dates

DMC 2012 Calendar

DMC 2013 Calendar

DMC 2014 Calendar

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) was designed to support the Casey Foundation's vision that all youth involved in the juvenile justice system have opportunities to develop into healthy, productive adults. After more than a decade of innovation and replication, JDAI is one of the nation's most effective, influential, and widespread juvenile justice system reform initiatives.

JDAI promotes changes to policies, practices, and programs to:

Reduce reliance on secure confinement

Improve public safety

Reduce racial disparities and bias

Save taxpayers' dollars

Stimulate overall juvenile justice reforms

The Illinois Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative was formed to promote its objectives throughout Illinois. It is coordinated by the several partners, which include the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, Illinois Department of Human Services, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department and the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority.


Rick Velasquez (Chair)

Ben Roe (Co-Chair)

Rodney Ahitow

Jacqueline Bullard

George Hill

Randell Strickland

Meeting Information

2012 JDAI Meeting Information

2013 JDAI Meeting Information

2014 JDAI/DMC Meeting Information