Confirmed Numbers of Juvenile Expungements in Cook County

Posted: June 14, 2011 in criminal record expungement

After months of trying to figure out how many actual expungements of juvenile criminal records were happening in Cook County, Linda Paul who is a journalist was able to get these confirmed numbers from the Clerk of the Circuit Court. These numbers are paltry and the Court should be ashamed of itself in our opinion. For reference, in 2010, there were over 27,000 arrests of juveniles under 17 years old in Chicago. Each time a young person is arrested in Chicago, they have a record. There were ONLY 80 juvenile criminal records expunged in Cook County for that same year!

Here are confirmed numbers regarding Juvenile Expungements.

JUVENILE EXPUNGEMENT STATS

Juvenile Expungements in Cook County 2006 to 2011

Date

Allowed

Expungements Denied

2006

39

1

2007

86

0

2008

58

1

2009

96

0

2010

80

0

2011 (to date)

22

0

TOTAL

381

2

Source: Clerk of the Circuit Court via Linda Paul (June 2011)

Here is the disclaimer from the Clerk of Court that came along with the numbers:

The information provided is a custom produced summary of the electronic court record that is maintained by the Clerk of the Circuit Court for internal and administrative purposes, from the paper documents with an understanding that the information is true and correct in as far as all aspects of the documents physically filed with the Clerk of the Circuit Court. The official court records are held and maintained in the hard copy paper files in the courthouse or other official Clerk’s repositories. The Clerk diligently strives to maintain accurate, complete and timely data in its electronic databases but shall not be liable for any consequential, exemplary, incidental or special damages arising from or in connection with data or information produced in response to the request for custom programming. However, because of the many variables involved in producing customized electronic data reports, users should not cite the provided information as an official or authoritative source and are advised to independently verify all information. All Users are advised to independently verify any information or data obtained with official court information reposing in the court files (i.e., pleadings, orders, half sheets, file jackets and the contents thereof, etc.).

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