Chicago Youth Justice Data Project
In our current economic, political and social climate, the adage “information is power” is even more true. Our communities are disempowered when we are kept in the dark about how the state is intervening in our lives.  The Chicago Youth Justice Data Project brings the most timely & relevant information about juvenile justice & youth criminalization to community members.  It is critical that citizens be equipped with data in order to effectively advocate for reforms.  Relevant data increases our credibility and authority.  Yet it is difficult to access and especially in one place. I hope that the Chicago Youth Justice Data Project remedies this issue.

We care about data because we know that when properly deployed it can help to transform the systematic ways in which marginalized communities are kept out of the policy-making and decision-making processes.

Special thanks to designer and illustrator Lester Rojas for collaborating with us to bring our vision to fruition.

Thanks also to the Steans Family Foundation for their generous support. Without it, this project would not have been possible.

We are very interested in keeping this site up to date so please send along any new data that you come across related to juvenile justice in Chicago and Illinois.  If you would like to provide any feedback on the site, please contact us at