Guidelines for Collecting and Recording the Race and Ethnicity of Youth in Illinois’ Juvenile Justice System
Published Nov 24, 2008, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and the Illinois Models for Change Initiative strongly encourage agencies, organizations and practitioners at all stages of the juvenile justice system to adopt and implement these Guidelines for accurately recording race and ethnicity of youth in the juvenile justice system. Among other benefits, this information helps state and local stakeholders to understand whom the system is serving and better identify the needs of those in the system, to more accurately identify how decisions are made throughout the process, to ensure fairness and objectivity, to know what services or resources are needed, and to monitor and examine system response to youth of color.
The preparation of this booklet was supported by MacArthur Foundation grants awarded to Loyola University Chicago, National Center for Juvenile Justice and Children's Center for Law and Policy. It was adapted from Pennsylvania's Guidelines for Collecting and Recording the Race and Ethnicity of Juveniles.