Arresting Justice supplements the information compiled by the Chicago Youth Justice Data Project to map the path young people take through the juvenile justice system. Compiled through a substantial Freedom of Information effort, these resources provide data on the operation of the Cook County Juvenile Court and the Chicago Police Department not otherwise readily available.
This week, Project NIA and First Defense Legal Aid released a report, Arresting Justice, that provides substantial detail about the scale, geography, and processing of juvenile arrests in Chicago in 2009 and 2010. The report provides aggregate data on juvenile arrests by police district and community area, by offense type (felony/misdemeanor), and whether arrests occurred on school grounds. It also includes data on the types of discretionary processing used by police officers interacting with juveniles. The data provided in the report show clear patterns of concentrations of juvenile arrests, but also illustrate a continuing decline in the numbers of young people arrested in Chicago.