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NCJ Number: 63934 Find in a Library
Title: COOK COUNTY (IL) - REPORT ON RETURNEES TO JUVENILE TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTER
Author(s): J ZEFRAN
Corporate Author: Cook Cty Circuit Court
Juvenile Division
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Cook Cty Circuit Court
Chicago, IL 60612
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: RESULTS ARE PRESENTED FROM A STUDY OF THE LEGAL HISTORIES OF 41 CHILDREN WITH THREE OR MORE DETENTIONS IN THE COOK COUNTY JUVENILE TEMPORARY DETENTION CENTER (JTDC) OF ILLINOIS.
Abstract: NO DIFFERENCES IN AGE, SEX, OR TYPES OF PETITIONS WERE FOUND BETWEEN THE RETURNEES AND OTHERS DETAINED IN THE JTDC IN SEPTEMBER AND NOVEMBER, 1978. THE RETURNEES HAD A HIGHER NUMBER OF MINOR COMPLAINTS, POSSIBLY DUE TO THE UNCERTAINTY OF THE COURT ABOUT HOW TO DEAL WITH MINOR OFFENDERS AS IS SUGGESTED BY DATA ON REASONS FOR CONTINUANCES DURING DETENTION. EACH RETURNEE AVERAGED 4.3 DETENTIONS, 6.4 FILLED PETITIONS, 18.6 DAYS PER DETENTION, AND 2.8 COURT HEARINGS PER DETENTION (ONE HEARING FOR EACH 6.7 DAYS DETAINED). OF THOSE STUDIED 42 PERCENT WERE WARDS OF THE DEPARTMENT OF CHILDREN AND FAMILY SERVICES (DCFS) DURING THE MAJOR PORTION OF THEIR HISTORY WITH THE COURT, AND THEY WERE SIGNIFICANTLY YOUNGER AND HAD MORE DETENTIONS THAN NON-DCFS CHILDREN. THIS FINDING SUGGESTS THAT RETURNEES HAVE MORE EMOTIONAL PROBLEMS WITH ACTING-OUT BEHAVIOR. IN THE 36 PERCENT OF DETENTIONS OF DCGS CHILDREN WHEN A 'RELEASE-UPON-REQUEST-TO-DCFS' ORDER WAS ISSUED, THE LENGTH OF DETENTION WAS SIGNIFICANTLY LONGER (28.7 DAYS) THAN FOR THE REMAINING 64 PERCENT OF DCFS CHILDREN (14.1 DAYS) OR FOR THE NON-DCFS CHILDREN (17.7 DAYS). IN ADDITION TO THE EMOTIONAL DEPRIVATION CAUSING DELINQUENT BEHAVIOR, REASONS FOR THE RESULTS MIGHT INCLUDE LACK OF A SECURE PLACEMENT FACILITY FOR DCFS CHILDREN OR THE RELUCTANCE OF LOCAL COMMUNITIES TO DEAL WITH DCFS WARDS. TABULAR DATA ARE PRESENTED. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED--RCB)
Index Term(s): Illinois; Interpersonal maturity; Juvenile case studies; Juvenile delinquency factors; Juvenile detention; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile recidivists; Recidivists; Statistics
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