The Databook had its beginnings in 1998. The nine information
categories are population, health, economic, education, child
abuse and neglect, reported crime, arrests, juvenile court cases,
and custody. Data that relate to county and State crime and
delinquency trends encompass county-by-county reporting and
clearance statistics on the Index crimes of the Uniform Crime
Reporting system; arrests; juvenile court cases; and custody.
Access to this quantity and scope of local youth-related
information gives planners and administrators a unique source of
data upon which to draw in the development of policies and
programs. The Databook is still new, and relatively little used.
In the first 6 months after going online in January of 2001, the
site has received 1,000 hits and almost no feedback. Various activities designed to publicize the Databook are expected to increase its use. In the meantime, the Databook development group is already planning expansions and
improvements. 2 figures