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Northwestern Juvenile Project: Archiving Data, Part I

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2012, $200,000)

OJJDP has a specific mission to develop and disseminate knowledge about what works to prevent juvenile delinquency and violence and improve the effectiveness of the juvenile justice system. The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, 42 U.S.C. § 5601 et seq authorizes the Administrator of OJJDP to conduct research or evaluations and undertake statistical analyses on a wide range of juvenile justice matters. OJJDP also provides funding to states and localities to carry out research, evaluation, and statistical analyses.

The Northwestern Juvenile Project (NJP) is the first large-scale, longitudinal study of alcohol, drug, and mental health service needs and outcomes of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The overall sample of 1829 youth is racially/ethnically diverse and includes 1172 males and 657 females, 10 to 18 years of age at baseline, who were arrested and detained between 1995 and 1998 in Cook County (Chicago), Illinois. Since 1995, participants have been tracked and re-interviewed, whether they are back in the communities or (re)incarcerated, resulting in a longitudinal data set spanning over 15 years. This project will archive data from the NJP to make them available to a larger community of researchers. Data from the baseline interview were recently deposited to the National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program at the Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research. This project will prepare and deposit interview data from the first follow-up interview, 3 years after baseline, to the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data (NACJD). The grantee will also make any necessary adaptations to the baseline data deposit to allow NACJD to disseminate the baseline interview data as well. CA/NCF

Date Created: September 6, 2012