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.
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.