Study on Cook County Juvenile Court recommends shift in priorities

March 25, 2015

A study commissioned by Cook County Justice for Children (CCJC) and conducted by Roosevelt University’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice, identifies growing numbers of stakeholders within the Cook County juvenile justice system who want to keep kids out of the system, but who do not opt for diversion because of concerns that community alternatives, including mental health treatment support and after-school programs, are inadequate.

The wide-ranging needs assessment conducted during 2014, asked the question: “What can the Cook County Juvenile Court do to improve its ability to help our youth?”

Drawing from surveys, focus groups and interviews with over 200 Cook County Juvenile Court stakeholders, researchers found that system insiders believe there needs to be much more focus on true diversion and referral of kids into community programs.

Check press release here.

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