An educational tool and data repository for promoting awareness of disproportionate minority contact, or the overrepresentation of black youth in the juvenile justice system.
Using public data, Justice Divided demonstrates that black youth in Chicago are disproportionately punished by the juvenile justice system, even for the same behaviors. Moreover, it shows that the disparity is not just a result of more arrests in high-crime neighborhoods and enumerates the ways in which any amount of justice involvement imposes barriers on youth that never go away.
Justice Divided empowers youth by providing concrete actions they can take individually or collectively, as well as resources for securing legal aid, expunging their records, and getting involved in their communities. It also provides policy recommendations for system stakeholders.
Project NIA provided juvenile arrest data aggregated by police district, and Adler provided data on exits from Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice institutions to Cook County ZIP codes. DataMade obtained several years of individual-level juvenile arrest data by submitting a FOIA request to the Chicago Police Department. We also created demographic profiles for each police district using census_area, our open-source Python library for querying Census data using arbitrary geographic boundaries.