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Violent Death in Delinquent Youth After Detention (NCJ 248408) September 2015
OJJDP Beyond Detention Series
14 page(s)
Linda A. Teplin, Gary M. McClelland, Karen M. Abram, Darinka Mileusnic-Polchan, Nichole D. Olson, and Anna J. Harrison
This bulletin examines the results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project—a longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL. Among the issues under examination, the authors looked at mortality rates among the youth enrolled in the project. Some findings include: the standardized mortality rate for delinquent youth is more than four times the rate for youth in the general population; the mortality rate for delinquent female youth is nearly eight times the rate in the general population; the vast majority of deaths among delinquent youth were homicides from gunshot wounds; and African American youth continue to experience the highest mortality rate.