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NCJ Number: 248408 Add to Shopping cart 
Title: Violent Death in Delinquent Youth After Detention
Series: OJJDP Beyond Detention Series
Author(s): Linda A. Teplin; Gary M. McClelland; Karen M. Abram; Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan; Nichole D. Olson; Anna J. Harrison
Date Published: June 2015
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This bulletin examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project - a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL - with attention to rates of violent death in youth after release from detention.
Abstract: Overall, the mortality rate among the delinquent youth after detention was just over four times higher than that of the standardized general population of Cook County. Of the 65 study participants who died during the period following detention, 95.5 percent died of homicide or legal intervention (90.1 percent homicide and 5.4 percent legal intervention); 1.1 percent of the deaths were suicides. Ninety-three percent of homicides were from gunshot wounds. Of particular concern was the mortality rate for delinquent female youth, which was nearly eight times the rate of the general population. Findings also highlight the role of firearms in early violent death; among youth ages 15-24 in the United States, nearly 20 percent of deaths are from firearms. Deaths from firearms disproportionately occur among minority youth. The Northwestern Juvenile Project is a longitudinal study of 1,289 youth ages 10-18 arrested and detained between November 20,1995, and June 14, 1998, at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center. The random sample was stratified by gender, race/ethnicity, age, and legal status. In order to compare mortality rates for delinquents with those in the general population, all data were weighted according to the racial/ethnic, gender, and age characteristics of the detention center’s youth population; these weighted, standardized populations were used to calculate reported percentages and mortality ratios. 3 tables, 2 figures, and 86 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Cause of Death; Comparative analysis; Firearm Homicide; Firearms deaths; Illinois; Longitudinal studies
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