JJI’s New Report “Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion”

On February 27, 2015, the Juvenile Justice Initiative released a new report that documents analyses of Illinois’ arrests and admissions of young adults ages 18-21 to the Cook County Department of Corrections (i.e., Cook County Jail), and examines emerging trends in policy and practice to address the issues posed by young adults in conflict with the law.

The JJI found:

  • The number of arrests of young adults ages 18 – 21 has been decreasing – 30.9% decrease from CY2007 and 9.9% decrease from CY2012.
  • 60% of the arrests of young adults in Illinois in CY2013 were for misdemeanor offenses.
  • The age-arrest curves show that arrests peak at the age of 20 and decline.
  • 33.9% of young adults ages 18-21 admitted to the Cook County jail were charged with misdemeanor offenses.
  • 21.2% of the unique individuals admitted to the jail accounted for 38.8% of the overall young adult (ages 18-21) admissions in CY2013.

Read full report here.

Question? Contact Kanako Ishida, Policy Research Analyst.


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