Who Does Illinois Lock Up?

* Illinois spends an average of $76,000 per bed per year to lock up about 1,200 kids in state juvenile prisons.

* Less than a quarter of the youth locked up were charged with offenses against a person.

* More than a quarter of the youth locked up were charged with property offenses.

* Over a third of the youth locked up were charged with technical parole violations.

* Nearly 100 youth were charged with misdemeanor offenses, while only 8 were charged with murder in 2009.

* In 2009, Illinois youth were locked up for the following offenses:

1. Murder – 1%

2. Person – 15%

3. Property – 20%

4.  Drugs – 14%

5. Misdemeanors — 8%

6. Technical Parole Violators – 30%

* According to ICJIA, black youth were four times more likely to be committed to DJJ than white youth in 2004.

* According to ICJIA, in 2004, youth commitments to DJJ were:

52% Black (yet Black youth made up only 18% of the IL population)

37% White

10% Hispanic

Less than 1% Asian and American Indian

* In 2009, black youth were 61.8% of new commitments to DJJ (and about 20% of IL population),

* In 2009, thirteen counties were responsible for 76% of admissions.

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