Research & Data
Chicago Youth Justice Data Project
In our current economic, political and social climate, the adage "information is power" is even more true. Our communities are disempowered when we are kept in the dark about how the state is intervening in our lives. The Chicago Youth Justice Data Project brings the most timely & relevant information about juvenile justice & youth criminalization to community members. It is critical that citizens be equipped with data in order to effectively advocate for reforms. Relevant data increases our credibility and authority. Yet it is difficult to access and especially in one place. We hope that the Chicago Youth Justice Data Project remedies this issue.
It is critical that citizens be equipped with data in order to effectively advocate for reforms.
We care about data because we know that when properly deployed it can help to transform the systematic ways in which marginalized communities are kept out of the policy-making and decision-making processes.
Special thanks to designer and illustrator Lester Rojas for collaborating with us to bring our vision to fruition.
Thanks also to the Steans Family Foundation for their generous support. Without it, this project would not have been possible.
We try to keep the site up to date through the blog. We have also released a series of reports over the past few months:
- 2010 North Lawndale Juvenile Justice Snapshot (2011) – This is a report that presents key juvenile justice data for the North Lawndale community.
- 2009 Rogers Park Juvenile Justice Snapshot (2010) – This is a report that presents key juvenile justice data for the Rogers Park community.
- Arresting Justice (2011) – This report about 2009 & 2010 juvenile arrests in Chicago was co-authored by Project NIA and First Defense Legal Aid.