Evening Reporting Center

Evening Reporting Centers are community-based alternative detention sites that operate in partnerships established between the Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department and sponsoring social service organizations. The program's goal is to reduce the likelihood of re-arrest and to allow youth to continue to attend school and remain at home. Currently, youth are supervised five days per week during high-risk periods, generally between 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in one of six innovative Centers (five Chicago locations and one suburban location) opened by the Circuit Court since 1995.

The Juvenile Evening Reporting Center (ERC) located in Chicago's Englewood community was developed to serve local juvenile offenders who would otherwise be ordered held in the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC). Since 1998, TASC has delivered structured, supervised group activities in the ERC to cultivate participation, personal responsibility and pro-social skills in at-risk youth while diverting them from substance use and other destructive behaviors. While attending the program, youth are engaged in educational activities, recreational programming and life development workshops. Special guests and other individuals with specific expertise is such focus areas Victim Impact Panels, Violence Prevention, Art Therapy, Animal-assisted Therapy, Conflict Resolution, Teen Pregnancy, Drug Use Education, Health and Hygiene Education, and HIV/AIDS Education and Prevention are frequently used.

 

Eligibility

To be eligible for the program, youth must be:

  • be aged 10-18

  • have involvement in the Cook County juvenile courts, at any stage from pre-adjudication to case disposition

  • not have serious violent offense charges, including murder or sexual assault

 

TASC’s Role

At the Evening Reporting Center (ERC), TASC offers group education on life skills and social skills development, academic tutoring, information about HIV/AIDS, meals, recreation, and other activities and outings. We also provide transportation to and from the Center.

 

Primary Funder

Aunt Martha’s Youth Service Center (via Cook County Board of Commissioners)

 

Contact

Anthony Harden

Did You Know?

Many local enterprises support our Evening Reporting Center through donations and providing healthy and positive trainings and social outings for youth.

Counties Served

  • Cook