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1. DEMOGRAPHICS: WOMEN SURVEYED

RACE

Although only 26 percent of all residents in Cook County identify as African American, the vast majority of women detained in Cook County Jail identify as such.

Race of Women in Cook County Jail

African American 72%

4.5%

Multi-racial

Latino

4.5%

7.5%

Other

Caucasian 11%

AGE

The women surveyed reported being as young as 18 and as old as 62. The median age of women surveyed was 35.

Age of Women in Cook County Jail

40-64 years old 36%

30-39 years old 39.5%

18-29 years old 24.5%

EDUCATION

  • 8 percent had completed 2-8 years of education.

  • 38 percent completed 9-11 years of school.

  • 32 percent were high school graduates or GED

recipients.

  • 17 percent had 12-15 years of education.

  • 5 percent were college graduates.

4 UNLOCKING OPTIONS FOR WOMEN

CHILDREN

Of the women surveyed, 82 percent reported having children. On average, women had 2.32 children, with a mean age of six years for those with children under age 18.

Children of Women in Cook County Jail

2-3 children under age 18 42%

under age

4-5 children

no children

age 18

18

under age 18

18%

19%

1 child under

6 or more children

6%

15%

CUSTODY

  • 16 percent reported having custody of one or more of their children.

  • 66 percent reported that a family member had custody of one or more of their children.

  • 18 percent said the Department of Children and Family Services has custody of one or more of their children.

MARITAL STATUS

Only a small percentage of women said they resided with a spouse or partner when not detained in jail.

  • 52 percent were never married.

  • 13 percent were divorced.

  • 7 percent were married with a spouse.

  • 7 percent were separated.

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