By the Numbers

the role of data and information in detention reform

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

August 1, 1999

Summary

This report — the seventh installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs and practices in America — is all about tackling the daunting issue of data and information technology. Agencies learn how to put numbers to work (starting with 9 real-world examples of data in action) to successfully plan for, evaluate and support reform.  

Table of Contents

Key Takeaway

Introducing your juvenile detention reform data guide

Eager to start planning for juvenile detention reform? This report supplies a rundown of the basic numbers you’ll need.

Findings & Stats

Data in Action: Sacramento

Sacramento County, California, analyzed the date of a referral, intake type and the top alleged offense for each referral annually over a five-year span. This simple but essential planning tool enabled them to gain a clearer sense of who was coming in to their detention system. 

Data in Action: Illinois

Cook County, Illinois, gathered the dates that youths were admitted to and then released from detention as well as their reason for confinement. They used this information to create a bed space chart, which shows the detention center’s population count — categorized by offense type — and how many beds each of these groups were occupying over time. This chart is a vital planning tool for reform efforts that focus on reducing the use of detention and rationalizing the admission process.

Statements & Quotations