Archive for the ‘Youth Incarceration’ 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







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



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).

Fewer Youth Incarcerated in Illinois: A New Report

December 21, 2013

A new report from the National Juvenile Justice Network  and Texas Public Policy Foundation shows that the number of youth confined in state and county facilities nationwide strongly declined in 2011.

“For the 2001-to-2011 ten-year period, the number of confined youth declined by 41% nationwide, or an annual average decline of 4.1% — a dramatic drop since 2000, when a record-setting 108,802 youth were held in detention centers awaiting trial or confined by the courts in juvenile facilities in the U.S. The nationwide decline in 2011 (from 70,793 to 61,423 youth) continues the trend from the previous year (the latest for which data is available), which showed youth confinement was reduced by 32% nationwide from 2001-2010.”


Between 2001`and 2011, Illinois reduced its youth incarceration rate by 41% matching the national number. The number of youth confined between 2010 and 2011 dropped by 5%. 2106 youth were confined in Illinois in 2011. Illinois confined 169 youth for every 100,000 youth in the state’s general population, or 13.3% lower than the U.S. average rate of confinement (195).

Information about the Report

The report, an update to the “Comeback States” report issued by the groups in June, uses data from 2011 (the most recent year for which national data is available) on youth confinement provided by the U.S. Justice Department’s (USDOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to track the ongoing national reduction of youth incarceration, as well as the continued progress of the nine states leading the nation on implementing meaningful juvenile justice reforms resulting in the reduction of youth in confinement in their states. These comeback states include: California, Connecticut, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Mississippi, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin.

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.



Infographic: Juvenile Incarceration in the U.S.

September 18, 2013


From the Pew Charitable Trusts:

Between 2010 and 2011, the number of committed youth—those locked up as a result of a court-ordered sanction—fell in 43 states, according to the most recent data released by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The juvenile commitment rate dropped 14 percent during that period. In 2011, almost 42,000 committed youth were held on any given day in a juvenile corrections facility or other residential placement. This represents 1 in 751 youth across the United States.

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.