Disproportionate Minority Contact In Indiana

In 2012, the IUPUI Center for Criminal Justice Research published Identifying Disproportionate Minority Contact in Indianawhich includes survey data from 2005 through 2009 on each county’s non-status offense juvenile delinquency cases.  The report found that:

  • Minorities were more likely to be referred to juvenile court than White juveniles,
  • African American and Hispanic juveniles were more likely than White juveniles to be detained prior to adjudication,
  • African American juveniles were more likely to be committed to the Indiana Department of Correction than White juveniles, and
  • African American and Hispanic juveniles were more likely to have a petition alleging delinquency authorized and filed than White juveniles.

These statistics were similar to those found in other states that were analyzed.

Also of note, in 2008, the Indiana Commission on Disproportionality in Youth Services published its Findings and Recommendations, which led to some legislation in the following General Assembly sessions. 

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