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Station Adjustments
Section 6 – Formal/Informal Station Adjustments


As an alternative to referring the case to Juvenile Court, a youth officer may release a young person from custody with a station adjustment.  There are two types of station adjustments: informal and formal.  A youth officer may give an informal station adjustment if he decides there is probable cause to believe the juvenile committed an offense.  A formal station adjustment is different in that a juvenile must also admit involvement in the alleged offense.  The juvenile’s admission can later be used as evidence against him if he violates the terms of the formal adjustment and his case is referred to court.

Although they are not convictions, station adjustments usually appear in a juvenile’s arrest history.  All formal station adjustments must be recorded with the Illinois State Police.  Informal station adjustments for felonies must also be recorded with the Illinois State Police, and informal station adjustments for misdemeanors may be recorded.  Station adjustments can be expunged from a juvenile’s record.

There were 1,733 formal and 7,040 informal station adjustments reported by CPD in 2010.

Station Adjustments (City of Chicago, 2009 & 2010)

2009

2010

DISTRICT

Formal Adjustments

Informal Adjustments

Formal Adjustments

Informal Adjustments

TOTAL

01 33 188 42 356 619
02 3 146 17 146 312
03 49 333 26 222 630
04 43 396 45 392 876
05 29 376 36 308 749
06 21 384 38 300 743
07 5 238 28 316 587
08 44 607 85 691 1,427
09 33 336 45 402 816
10 17 236 26 357 636
11 113 467 133 476 1,189
12 121 209 205 281 816
13 46 119 56 159 380
14 62 123 65 153 403
15 127 361 185 611 1,284
16 122 127 101 156 506
17 136 197 187 304 824
18 30 137 62 230 459
19 18 76 18 95 207
20 40 120 31 157 348
21 3 97 5 155 260
22 33 353 21 197 604
23 13 51 9 60 133
24 19 97 21 171 308
25 221 316 246 345 1,128
TOTAL 1,381 6,090 1,733 7,040 16,244
SOURCE: Youth Investigation Section, Detective Division, provided to CPD Research & Development on 8 March 2011.


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