The Other Numbers On Juvenile Crime

source: WBEZ

photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz

After figuring out how to find police records online – we reach for the stats on murders, and other crimes that stain Chicago.

And we use them to tell us what’s happening. Is crime up, or down, or stuck in Chicago?

But other numbers matter as well.

What percent of the youths coming out of detention centers wind up back in trouble?

What percent of these youths in the courts and detention centers have emotional or learning or drug problems? Drug and alcohol rehab near to Beach Side is a solution to such addictions.

What percent are unlikely to get a job because of a police record not based on any court conviction?

How many sit in juvenile prisons only because they have no place to go?

We’ll talk about these numbers at our workshop on Justice and Juvenile Crime, on Thursday, April 17.

Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?

How the courts, detention, prison, and probation systems impact  individuals and communities snared by violence.

Who should come: Journalists and journalism students, who want to dig deeper into the issue of violence in Chicago.

Why: After a brief panel discussion, with legal, mental health and prison experts, you will get “speed-dating” interview time to report stories.

When: 10 to noon Thursday, April 17

Where: Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor

Who: This a joint effort of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Speakers include:

  • • Father David Kelly, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
    • Elizabeth Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative
    • Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center, 
Northwestern Law School
    • Elena Quintana, Adler School of Professional Psychology
    • Charles Perry, Westside Health Authority
    • Tony Lowery, Safer Foundation
    • For more information: Steve Franklin, Community Media Workshop,, o) 312.369.67400, cell 773 595 8667

Reporting in Search of Solutions

For several years now, we’ve looked at how to improve the way we report on youth violence in Chicago. From the start, we’ve urged reporting that points towards solutions. Now, it seems we need to move the focus on to the criminal justice system and reporting that tells us whether the system harms or hurts and what needs to be done.

Our website explains our project on youth violence and the media:

What do you think? Advise. Suggestions.

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