Girls in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System


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Girls in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System

To explore the status of girls in the Illinois juvenile justice system, this report examined available data at the arrest, detention, and corrections stages of the Illinois juvenile justice system. When examining the state of girls in the system, it helps to have a comparison group, the boys. For this reason proportions were used to explore any differences between boys and girls who are involved in the juvenile justice system.

The Examining At-Risk and Delinquent Girls in Illinois report examined trends from 2002 to 2007; however, much of the focus is on the most recent year data are available, 2007. Arrest and detention data from 2002 to 2007 were examined. Corrections data from state fiscal years 1999 to 2004, the most recent data available, also were examined.

Data tables containing the arrest, detention, and corrections numbers used in the report are found following the Discussion portion of the Girls At Risk for Delinquency section.