Delinquency referrals are continuing to trend downward, while the number of juvenile arrests has remained steady.
These were among the primary takeaways of Kenosha County’s 2017 Youth Justice Report, unveiled during a presentation in Circuit Judge Jodi Meier’s courtroom on Friday.
Prepared annually since 2005, the report provides the community and its stakeholders with data on local trends in the juvenile justice system and the progress made toward meeting improvement goals.
This information is compiled by Kenosha County Juvenile Court Intake Services and the Kenosha County Division of Children and Family Services-Court Services Unit – agencies that both work with youth who are delinquent or habitually truant from school.
The report analyzes indicators including juvenile arrests, secure detention admissions and program referrals. Cases that have been closes are examined to determine non-recidivism rates, community service work hours completed, restitution collected and improvement in risk and protective factors.
Some of the 2017 report’s highlights include:
- The overall number of juvenile arrests decreased by 4.5 percent, from 1,411 in 2016 to 1,348 in 2017.
- Delinquency referrals received by Juvenile Court Intake continued the steady decline experienced over the last five years. There were 384 such referrals in 2017, down from 414 in 2016 and 564 in 2013. In the Division of Children and Family Services, delinquency referrals declined to 111 in 2017, down from 142 in 2016 and 187 in 2013.
- Truancy referrals increased in Juvenile Court Intake, to 225 in 2017 (up from 188 in 2016). Such referrals declined slightly in DCFS, to 95 (down from 98 in 2016).
- Secure detention admissions decreased by 16 percent from a year earlier, to 160.
- The non-recidivism rate (defined as remaining free from new delinquency adjudications and adult charges while under supervision) continues to remain steady, at 79 percent.
- The county’s elementary school truancy reduction and youth outreach programs, as well as the gang diversion and summer youth employment programs, are continuing to see success.
The full report, as well as previous years’ editions, is available here.