Archive for the ‘Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’ category

Fact Sheet: Disproportionate Minority Contact 2013

November 3, 2015

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

 

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Profile of Illinois Incarcerated Youth – August 2014

September 18, 2014

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.”

Updated: A Conscious Chicagoan’s Guide to Youth Detention and Incarceration

May 14, 2014

% of incarcerated youth In 2012, we published a report to inform community members in Chicago about juvenile detention and incarceration (with a particular focus on Cook County). We conceived of this as a cheat sheet that would provide the most recent data about detention and incarceration in Illinois and Cook County that we could find.

Today, we are releasing an updated version of the “Conscious Chicagoan’s Guide to Youth Detention and Incarceration” that includes data mostly from 2012 & 2013. The data cover both the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC) as well as the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).

We are releasing the guide on the heels of our more comprehensive juvenile justice in Illinois data snapshot.

You can download our updated Conscious Chicagoan’s Guide to Youth Detention and Incarceration HERE (PDF).

IDJJ Numbers…

April 9, 2014

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice presented the following information to legislators during a Senate appropriation hearing earlier this week. They provide a statistical snapshot of the population in our juvenile prisons.

Total admissions FY13 = 1,835
Youth on aftercare/parole as of 3/31/14 = 1,416
Youth population in youth centers 3/31/14 = 778 This is an historic low number of youth in facilities.
Average length of stay FY13 = 9 months
Race of youth in youth centers 3/31/14 = Black 63%, white 26%, Hispanic 11%
Sex = Male 95%, Female 5%
Offense class youth in centers 3/31/14 = Murder & Class X 11% (these two classifications are the only classifications not eligible for Redeploy)…..Class 1 – 23%, Class 2 – 36%, Class 3-15%, Class 4 – 11%, Misd – 4%.
43% youth receive Special Ed Services as of 3/31/14, and 48.5% received mental health FY13

Incarcerated Youth: Some Infographics

November 26, 2013

The Children and Family Justice Center created these great infographic about the realities of youth incarceration in Illinois.

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Infographic: FY2012 Admissions to the Department of Juvenile Justice (Youth Prison System)

August 21, 2013

Check out this great interactive infographic that our friend and volunteer Eva Nagao created to share data about FY2012 admissions to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

New Paper: Alternatives to Youth Incarceration in Chicago

August 19, 2013

“WE’RE IN IT FOR THE LONG HAUL:”
ALTERNATIVES TO INCARCERATION FOR YOUTH IN CONFLICT WITH THE LAW

There is an urgent need to find constructive ways to respond to young people in conflict with the law. Research compellingly demonstrates that youth placed in juvenile detention centers compared to alternative interventions are much more likely to later spend significant time in prison (Aizer and Doyle, 2013). Juvenile and adult incarceration both create exorbitant financial and social costs (Petteruti, Velázquez, and Walsh, 2009). Incarceration of juveniles is harmful to young peoples’ development, education, families, communities, and their current and future socioeconomic status (Majd, 2011; Bickel, 2010). Furthermore, incarcerating youth is not effective at enhancing public safety (Butts & Evans, 2011; Petteruti, Velázquez, & Walsh, 2009).

In Chicago, a group of individuals and organizations are working to address the needs of young people who others have mostly given up on. Behind the headlines of gang violence, shootings, and despair, there is an untold and unheralded story of perseverance, tenacity, and hope in communities across the city. Every single day, there are individuals representing various community-based organizations in Chicago who are called to meet the needs of youth in conflict with the law. They do so with shockingly few resources, mostly out of the public eye, and always with a determination that all young people deserve love and support.

prison In the United States, over 2.2 million people are incarcerated in prisons and jails. To some, the country has become a “Prison Nation.” Young people have not escaped the historical trend of increasing criminalization. As a way to decrease the numbers of people behind bars, states have turned to alternatives to incarceration.

Today, Project NIA is pleased to release a paper written by Michelle VanNatta and Mariame Kaba which specifically addresses five programs in Chicago that provide alternatives to incarceration for young people charged with or convicted of crimes. Included in this exploration are issues of cost, effectiveness, capacity, and the needs of youth and organizations moving forward.

At their core, the interventions and programs that are highlighted in this paper privilege relationship-building above everything else. This will not be satisfying for those who seek a quick-fix to address the needs of youth in conflict with the law. The organizations and programs featured define success based on whether they have been able to connect young people with a person who will walk with them through a perilous road littered with pitfalls and danger.

These aren’t programs that operate from 9 to 5 p.m. on Mondays through Fridays. The staff don’t necessarily hold advanced degrees and most are paid at near minimum wage rates. When asked about their program budgets, most directors smile while suggesting that they made due with very limited funds. Most of the programs are housed in and/or run by faith-based institutions like churches.

In the end, we hope that those who read the paper will come away with a better understanding of the challenges and the promise of current “alternative to incarceration” programs in Chicago. As the value of these programs becomes clear, we also hope that funders and community members will direct more resources to them.

The paper can be downloaded HERE (PDF).

Special thanks to Matt DeMateo, Father Dave Kelly, Heidi Mueller, Cliff Nellis, Ethan Ucker for taking the time to talk with us about their work. Thanks also to our friend Caitlin Seidler for donating her time to design the paper.

Please direct any questions or comments about this paper to Michelle VanNatta and Mariame Kaba at projectnia@hotmail.com.

Also, Join us on September 26th for an event that addresses the issues raised in this paper. Space is very limited. We will not be accepting any walk-ins. You must pre-register. Information is HERE.

Finally, a few months ago, Leah Varjacques created a video story featuring two of the programs featured in the paper: Circles & Ciphers and Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation.

restoring hope from Leah Varjacques on Vimeo.