Juvenile Probation Report – Chapin Hall – GIC

A 2017 study of youth entering juvenile probation, conducted by Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and commissioned by Get IN Chicago, focused on identifying characteristics of youth involved in firearms violence while on probation to better inform service provision.

The study examined patterns that divided probation youth into sub-classes based on previous involvement with the justice system.  The class profile emerged as the most accurate correlation with future involvement in gun violence, with the class described as “Chronic, Violent Offenses” demonstrating the highest level of risk.

Characteristics of this class include youth having many prior arrests before probation, experiencing a history of abuse or neglect, and being less likely to be engaged in school.  Interestingly, they are far more likely to have an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for cognitive impairment or emotional/behavioral disorders on record from when they were in school.  

This correlation to an IEP provides a key insight that can further inform in-school and community-based support services.  Read more here.