Juvenile Female Offenders in Cook County: Trends and Outcomes

Kenneth J. Keller, Juvenile Court of Cook County

Much has been said lately about rising crime rates for juvenile female offenders. over two decades of data are examined from the Cook County Jvenile Court, the oldest and one of the largest Juvenile Courts in the country, in an attempt to ascertain what if any trends exsit within this jurisdiction. Illinois essentially removed status offenders from their system in the early 1980's. It provides an interesting insight into the delinquent behavior of females absent their entry into the system as status offenders. Comparisons are also made with males regarding differences in offending, outcomes, and prior dependent neglect background.

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Updated 05/20/2006