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Juvenile Justice System and Risk Factor Data for Illinois: 2003 Annual Report

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Y. Angela Lam; Erica Hughes; Phillip Stevenson
Date Published
March 2006
240 pages
This comprehensive annual report presents a broad range of data relevant to the work of juvenile justice professionals in Illinois, specifically juvenile justice system data, publicly available risk factor data, and an explanation of its relevance to the juvenile justice system.
Even though there are numerous tables describing the number and type of youth who are involved in the Illinois juvenile justice system from arrest through commitment to the Juvenile Division of the Illinois Department of Corrections, there is significant need for more and better data on youth in Illinois. Although these data can tell State and county practitioners a great deal about the youth that they serve, there is recognition that there is much more that is unknown and that there are significant limitations on the data. Recommendations consisted of (1) work to improve the breadth and quality of juvenile justice data in Illinois, (2) monitor juvenile justice data on a regular basis, (3) monitor, study, and work to reduce disproportionate minority contact, and (4) monitor female involvement in the juvenile justice system and support gender-specific programming. In an effort to present a broad range of relevant data on youth, this report sought to be as comprehensive as possible in reporting juvenile justice data. The report also presents a brief explanation of risk factors and their importance to the juvenile justice system. The report focused on three risk factor domains: community or environmental, social, and school. Data on a fourth risk factor domain, individual, were not available. Data presented on the Illinois Juvenile Justice System were presented in the areas of arrests, courts, sentencing, females, juvenile justice councils, balance and restorative justice, disproportionate minority contact, mental health, and dually involved youth. Tables, figures, glossary, appendixes A-D, data and notes