States vary in how each sets the basic playing field for juvenile justice with lower and upper age boundaries. State legislatures further create a range of complex exceptions for transfer to criminal court based on case-by-case, age and offense specifics.
State juvenile justice profiles highlight the topical content of the JJGPS across its six main menu content areas and dozens of underlying juvenile justice reform topics. Each profile begins with the most recent state trend data on juvenile arrests and custody issues from national data collections followed by a checklist of highlights for comparing and contrasting juvenile justice policy.
Author: The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice
Tracks RRIs 2016–2016
Geography: Statewide and county
Points of contact
Stages during the juvenile justice process tracked for relative rate indicators (RRIs).
All minorities (as a group)
Black / African American
American Indian / Alaska Native
Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander
Other / Mixed
The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice publishes data on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) from an interactive database on their website. Colorado reports Relative Rate Indices (RRI) for 7 of 9 recommended decision points for 8 populations. The database also provides detail for populations within decision points by reporting 17 additional RRIs. Rates are reported statewide and by judicial district. It is unclear if race and ethnicity are reported as separate variables.
The Office of Research and Statistics, Division of Criminal Justice publishes percentages, frequencies, and rates on Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC). Colorado reports data for 7 out of 9 recommended decision points for 7 populations. Data is reported statewide. It is unclear if race and ethnicity are reported as separate variables.
May provide an assessment to the federal juvenile justice agency, but not publicly available.
The Colorado Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice (State Advisory Group) supports an online data analysis tool for exploring Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) data across a nuanced range of decision points that is Colorado-specific. Selections include juvenile population by race/ethnicity compared to juvenile population at various points in the juvenile justice system and comparisons by geography.
Juvenile Justice GPS (Geography, Policy, Practice, Statistics) is a project to develop a repository providing state policy makers and system stakeholders with a clear understanding of the juvenile justice landscape in the states.