Web Tool Illustrates Disproportionate Minority Contact Across Michigan

Minorities are overrepresented at every step of the juvenile justice system in Michigan and nationwide, and the Michigan Committee on Juvenile Justice (MCJJ) is committed to eliminating these disparities.  Part of this mission is to broaden understanding of the problem, which is known Disproportionate Minority Contact.

To support that effort, the MCJJ has created an interactive tool on this Web site.  It provides a visual representation of the data about Michigan’s juvenile justice system that is not available anywhere else.  It will help policymakers, researchers, and everyday citizens concerned about juvenile justice get a deeper understanding of the issues both statewide and in individual parts of the state.

It is a powerful tool.  Users can customize juvenile justice data to their own needs.  You can develop graphs that show how juvenile justice plays out statewide or in specific counties.  Among other things, you will be able to:

  • Analyze data—both raw numbers and rates—at each point of contact in the juvenile justice system, from arrest through resolution.
  • Examine differences by race and gender
  • Analyze data by age.  Those in the age group 0-10 are monitored to detect the prevalence of juvenile justice contact and note any trends, but they are not used to compute rates. Note: The data in the 11-12-year-old age group currently includes 10-year-olds as well.  We are in the process of updating these changes.
  • Identify trends by building graphs of multiple years.
  • Look at a single county or compare two counties.


To go to the interactive interface, click here.

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