New Fact Sheet: FY2010 Admissions to IDJJ

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was created in 2006 as a separate entity to incarcerate juveniles who have been convicted of misdemeanors and/or felonies and sentenced to prison.  A recent report about youth violence by the city of Chicago addressed the rationale for creating a separate agency from the adult corrections system and pointed out the shortcomings of the agency:

The rationale for separating DJJ out from the adult system (the Illinois Department of Corrections, or IDOC) was to create more of a focus on rehabilitation for juveniles as compared to the more punitive orientation of the adult system.  However that goal has been largely unrealized due to the chronic and increasing budget crisis in Illinois.  The resources to provide youth in DJJ facilities with therapeutic and educational services, has been sorely lacking and there is no ‘aftercare’ system to speak of for juveniles once they leave a DJJ facility.”[1]

Below is a chart that provides some important information about the number and characteristics of Illinois youth admitted to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fiscal Year 2010.

Illinois youth admitted to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Fiscal Year 2010.

Fiscal Year 2010 Institutional Admissions

Total

Court Admissions

Parole Violators

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Number

Percent

Race
Asian 1 0.0% 1 0.1% 0 0.0%
Black 1,339 61.9% 791 63.6% 548 59.6%
Hispanic 229 10.6% 146 11.7% 83 9.0%
American Indian 3 0.1% 2 0.2% 1 0.1%
White 588 27.2% 302 24.3% 286 31.1%
Unknown 2 0.1% 1 0.1% 1 0.1%
Total 2,162 100.0% 1,243 100.0% 919 100.0%
Current Age
13 24 1.1% 24 1.9% 0 0.0%
14 122 5.6% 112 9.0% 10 1.1%
15 335 15.5% 288 23.2% 47 5.1%
16 592 27.4% 491 39.5% 101 11.0%
17 465 21.5% 261 21.0% 204 22.2%
18 295 13.6% 54 4.3% 241 26.2%
19 190 8.8% 11 0.9% 179 19.5%
20 139 6.4% 2 0.2% 137 14.9%
21 0 0.0% 0 0.0% 0 0.0%
Total 2,162 100.0% 1,243 100.0% 919 100.0%
Gender
Male 2,000 92.5% 1,159 93.2% 841 91.5%
Female 162 7.5% 84 6.8% 78 8.5%
Total 2,162 100.0% 1,243 100.0% 919 100.0%

Source: Summary of State Fiscal Year 2010 Admissions, Exits, and End of the Year Populations within Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Facilities. By David Olson and Connor Concannon. Prepared for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Click here for the full fact sheet that includes another chart.

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[1] National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention (2011). Chicago Initiative for Thriving Youth Report. City of Chicago.


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6 Comments on “New Fact Sheet: FY2010 Admissions to IDJJ”

  1. Karen Says:

    How is court admissions defined?

  2. Karen Says:

    Thank you for replying! What is the difference then between “total” and “court admissions?”


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