This project is funded by the US Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as a multi-city research project to pilot methods to generate a national estimate of dual system youth. As part of this grant, administrative data matching will be used in four cities (NYC, Chicago, Cleveland, LA), to recommend a methodology for estimating the number of dual system youth and determining their characteristics.
This study will use a sample of youth who were first involved in the juvenile justice system between 2010 and 2015. Child welfare history data will be linked to the justice data to determine their trajectory of dual-system involvement and to assess characteristics of their child welfare involvement. Specifically, differences in characteristics will be examined between youth who are involved in child welfare, but not in juvenile justice; youth who are involved in juvenile justice, but not child welfare; youth who have child welfare involvement that precedes delinquency; youth who have child welfare involvement that is concurrent with delinquency; and youth who have child welfare involvement following delinquency.
Funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
In collaboration with California State University, Case Western Reserve University, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
NYC Administration for Children's Services
NYC Department of NYC Department of Probation