Young Adults in Conflict with the LawFebruary 27, 2015
The Juvenile Justice Initiative has released a new report “Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion.”

The JJI found that over 60% of statewide arrests of young adults ages 18 – 21 were for misdemeanors in CY2013, and about a third (4,011) of admissions of young adults ages 18 – 21 to the Cook County jail were for misdemeanors. Click the image to download the report.

Report Image April 24, 2014
The Juvenile Justice Initiative reviewed 257 cases of children ages 15-16 who were automatically prosecuted as adults from 2010-2012 in Cook County. The JJI found that 90% of the convictions resulted from guilty pleas, and over 50% of convictions were for juvenile offenses that would not have triggered automatic adult prosecutions in the very first place. The JJI works to restore judicial review by a juvenile court judge before transferring children to adult court. Click the image to download the report.


The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization working to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois. We advocate to reduce reliance on incarceration, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.