New: Juvenile Arrests in Chicago, 2013 and 2014

Posted November 8, 2015 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Arrests, Chicago Police Department, Facts and Statistics

We are pleased to release the 3rd edition of our Arresting Justice report. Since 2011, we have published data about juvenile arrests in Chicago.

Today, we share juvenile arrest data from 2013 and 2014.

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Key Findings of the Report:

Total Number of Juvenile Arrests (17 & under) in 2013: 21,496
Total Number of Juvenile Arrests (17 & under) in 2014: 17,783
The number of juvenile arrests decreased by over 17 percent from 2013 to 2014. Since 2009 when we first began analyzing these numbers, juvenile arrests have decreased 43%.
While Blacks represent 37% of the 0-17 youth population, they accounted for over 79% of juvenile arrests in Chicago in 2013 and 2014.
While Latin@s represent 40% of the 0-17 youth population, they accounted for over 18% of juvenile arrests in 2013 & over 17% in 2014.
Males were over 83% of juvenile arrests in 2013 & 2014.
In 2013 & 2014, 15 to 17 year olds accounted for over 80% of juvenile arrests (they represent 16.6% of Chicago’s youth population).
Most juvenile arrests were for misdemeanor offenses in 2013 & 2014. The top three in 2014 were miscellaneous non-index offenses, drug abuse violations and simple battery.
Based on the data, in 2014, 48.3% of juvenile arrests were referred to court while 19.1% resulted in detention. 25.4% of juvenile arrests resulted in informal station adjustments and 3.85% in formal station adjustments.

Download the detailed full report HERE

Download a visual summary of the report HERE.

New: Maps of Juvenile Arrests, 2013 and 2014

Posted November 8, 2015 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Arrests, Chicago Police Department, Maps

Thanks to our friend Dan Cooper at the Adler School, here are some maps of 2013 & 2014 juvenile arrests in Chicago.

According to CPD, there were 17,783 juvenile arrests in 2014; down from 21,496 in 2013 (a decrease of over 17%). Since 2009 when we first began analyzing these numbers, juvenile arrests have decreased 43%.

The 21st district merged with the 2nd in March 2012, the 23rd district merged with the 19th in 2013 and the 13th district with the 12th at the end of 2012.

The 21st district merged with the 2nd in March 2012, the 23rd district merged with the 19th in 2013 and the 13th district with the 12th at the end of 2012.

The 21st district merged with the 2nd in March 2012, the 23rd district merged with the 19th in 2013 and the 13th district with the 12th at the end of 2012 - this accounts for 'missing data.' Map by Dan Cooper

The 21st district merged with the 2nd in March 2012, the 23rd district merged with the 19th in 2013 and the 13th district with the 12th at the end of 2012 – this accounts for ‘missing data.’
Map by Dan Cooper

In 2013 and 2014, Black children & youth comprised over 79% of juvenile arrests in Chicago. Black juvenile arrests outpace all other groups in each district except for the 17th and 25th districts. A closer look at rates of arrests, however, reveals that Black juveniles are disproportionately targeted in these districts too.

For example, Black juveniles represent 3.8% of the youth population in the 17th district yet they comprise 27.8% of arrests in 2014. White Hispanic juveniles represent 57.7% of the youth population in the 17th district and comprised 56.5% of arrests in 2014. The same pattern holds in the 25th district where white Hispanic youth represent 76.5% of the youth population and 57% of juvenile arrests. In both districts, white Hispanic youth are arrested at or below their population. Black youth are arrested disproportionate to their population in both districts. Blackness is the determinant factor of juvenile arrests in Chicago.

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PCT Hispanic 2013 Juvenile Arrests

PCT Black 2014 Juvenile Arrests

PCT Hispanic 2014 Juvenile Arrests

Fact Sheet: Disproportionate Minority Contact 2013

Posted November 3, 2015 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Arrests, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention, Facts and Statistics, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth Incarceration

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission put together a helpful handout that underscores disproportionate minority contact in the juvenile justice system at the national, state and county levels for calendar year 2013.

You can download the handout HERE.

National Statistics

Decision Points White Black All Other Minorities Total
 

Population at Risk

 

25,234,700

 

5,430,600

2,481,900  

33,147,200

Arrests 811,500 400,700 37,300 1,249,500
Referrals 654,200 374,100 30,200 1,058,500
Diverted 195,200 81,000 7,600 283,900
Detention 121,600 93,000 7,000 221,600
Petitioned 338,600 227,200 17,000 582,800
Adjudicated 196,700 116,200 10,400 323,300
Probation 127,400 71,000 6,900 205,300
Placement 44,800 31,600 2,200 78,700
Transferred to Adult Court 2,100 1,800 100 4,000

 

Relative Rate Indices All Minorities (including Black) Black
Arrests 1.7 2.3
Referrals 1.1 1.2
Diversion 0.7 0.7
Detention 1.3 1.3
Petitioned 1.2 1.2
Adjudicated Delinquent 0.9 0.9
Probation 1.0 0.9
Placement 1.2 1.2
Transferred to Adult Court 1.3 1.3

 

CPS Suspensions of Young Children: BBB Report

Posted August 24, 2015 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Uncategorized

More than 2,000 kindergarten suspensions were recorded during one school year in Illinois. See the report HERE.

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The raw data from the report is HERE.

Discipline Practices in Chicago Schools: Trends in the Use of Suspensions and Arrests

Posted August 24, 2015 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Arrests, Chicago Public Schools, Facts and Statistics, Suspensions and expulsions

Suspension rates in Chicago Public Schools have declined markedly but still remain very high, particularly among the system’s most vulnerable students. In the 2013-14 school year, 16 percent of CPS high school students received an out-of-school suspension (OSS), down from 23 percent in 2008-9. Still, 24 percent of high school students with an identified disability and 27 percent of high school students in the bottom quartile of achievement received out-of-school suspensions in 2013-14. Suspension rates for African American boys in high school remain particularly high, with one-third receiving at least one out-of-school suspension.

This report finds that at the same time out-of-school suspension rates have declined, students and teachers across the district report feeling safer. At the high school level, student perceptions of safety and teacher perceptions of order have been improving since the 2008-09 school year; this is also the period during which OSS rates declined in high schools.

The report tracks suspension and arrest rates in Chicago schools over a six-year period, as CPS implemented a number of policies intended to improve school climate and reduce the amount of instructional time lost to suspensions. The policies are part of a larger national push to move away from “zero-tolerance” discipline policies and reduce the use of practices that remove students from the classroom. A follow-up report will examine more closely the relationship between reductions in suspensions and school climate, particularly in schools that had the highest suspension rates.

Key findings from the report include:

Suspension rates are strongly related to students’ prior test scores, their race, and their gender. African American students are much more likely to be suspended than students of other races/ethnicities. Suspension rates are particularly high for African American boys in high school. About one-third of African American boys in high school (33 percent) received an OSS in 2013-14. In comparison, 13 percent of Latino boys in high school and 6 percent of white/Asian high school boys received an OSS in 2013-14. African American girls also have high OSS rates in high school, at 23 percent in 2013-14. This compares to high school OSS rates of 6 percent for Latina girls and 2 percent for white/Asian girls.

Students with low entering test scores are also much more likely to be suspended, and lose instructional time, than those who begin the year with high test scores. In high school, 7 percent of students with the highest test scores received an OSS in the 2013-14 school year. In contrast, about a quarter of high school students with the lowest incoming test scores received an OSS.

The decline in high school OSS rates has been accompanied by a doubling of in-school suspension (ISS) rates among African American high school students. In the 2013-14 school year, 15 percent of high school students received at least one in-school suspension, up from 11 percent in 2008-09. Thus, the rise in in-school suspensions is counter-balancing the decline in out-of-school suspensions. In-school suspensions are given more frequently to African American students than students of other racial/ethnic groups. ISS rates nearly doubled for African American high school students between 2008-09 and 2013-14, but remained the same for other student groups.

Most suspensions in high schools result from acts of student defiance rather than violence or illegal behavior. At the high school level, about 60 percent of out-of-school suspensions and almost all in-school suspensions result from defiance of school staff, disruptive behaviors, and school rule violations. While administrators interviewed for the study recognized fights as a primary concern in their schools, 27 percent of out-of-school and 7 percent of in-school suspensions in high school are for physical conflict or threats to safety. Most suspensions result from conflicts that involve no physical harm.

Read the full report. Read an article about the report here.

Profile of Illinois Incarcerated Youth – August 2014

Posted September 18, 2014 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Facts and Statistics, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, Youth Incarceration

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice publishes monthly data about the population in its youth prisons. You can read August data here (PDF).

“At the end of the August, the population in the juvenile prisons was 726 – a new record low. Less than 100 of those youth are in for murder (8) or Class X felonies (74) – the offenses that are not eligible for Redeploy Illinois. The rest of the offenses are all either Redeploy eligible or parole violations – 18 are in for misdemeanors and 90 are in for Class 4 felonies (the least serious felony classification). 42% (306) are from Cook County, which has still not adopted Juvenile Redeploy IL.”

CPS Suspensions & Expulsions Preliminary SY13-14 Data

Posted August 5, 2014 by chiyouthjustice
Categories: Chicago Public Schools, Facts and Statistics