Dependency/Neglect and Delinquency: Dually Involved Minors in the Juvenile Court

Kenneth J. Keller, Juvenile Court of Cook County

Since the earliest days of the Juvenile Court, it has been believed that Dependency and Neglect led to Delinquency and that Delinquency led to Criminality. Using data from the Cook County Juvenile Court, the oldest and one of the largest Juvenile Courts in the country, the relationship between involvement as a Dependent/Neglected minor and later Delinquent activity is investigated. Differential outcomes between those minors who have had a court history of abuse or neglect and those who have not are also examined.

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Updated 05/20/2006