The Juvenile Justice Agency Collaboration (JJAC) is a multi-agency partnership between the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Chicago Mayor’s Office, Chicago Police Department, Chicago Public Schools, Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services, Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, and Juvenile Justice Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. In complement to comprehensive reforms which are necessary to dismantle systemic barriers, the JJAC seeks to discover and implement policies to divert youth away from the juvenile justice system and increase equity and care quality for the youth who are not diverted.
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Video about the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program
This video provides an overview of the Crime Lab’s evaluation of the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, a program implemented by the community behavioral health provider Thresholds.
NADP Research Brief
Research Brief for the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program.
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Due to the limited purview of each agency in the criminal justice system, staff within an agency are often unable to see how other agencies handle cases, reducing their ability to detect and address the systemic barriers and challenges that often lead to continued involvement in the system. The absence of effective coordination inhibits these agencies from being able to provide the young people they serve with appropriate, equitable care. The ability to divert young people away from the justice system—and better serve those who are not diverted—also requires a fuller understanding of the unique experiences and needs of youth as they interact with and progress through the system.
The University of Chicago Crime Lab is supporting the JJAC’s efforts to increase collaboration between juvenile justice system agencies by providing technical assistance and ongoing analytic support to the JJAC group. The Crime Lab brings together data from multiple agencies to answer questions identified by the JJAC members so that agencies can make informed, data-driven policy recommendations to improve the juvenile justice system. The ultimate goal of this assistance is to ensure that youth receive adequate supports and to minimize the negative impact of the juvenile justice system on a youth’s later life outcomes. A secondary goal of this project is to disseminate insights to key stakeholders outside of the JJAC, including service providers and public committees that are focused on supporting Chicago’s youth.