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PNS Daily Newscast - December 7, 2018 


Democrat Dan McCready takes back his concession in the still-undecided race for Congress in North Carolina. Also, on the Friday rundown: California moves to provide Medi-Cal for undocumented immigrants, and tighter immigration enforcement might make it harder to find a Christmas tree.

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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

Cook County has reduced juvenile detention admissions about 15 percent. (Cirt/Wikimedia)

CHICAGO – Hundreds of young children are held in juvenile detention facilities each year in Illinois. And the county responsible for many of those admissions is changing its ways. On Wednesday, Cook County approved an ordinance that sets the minimum age of detention at 13. County Commiss

Advocates say the juvenile court system offers more rehabilitative resources than the adult system. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Some advocates and policymakers are hopeful Illinois will become part of a wave of national juvenile justice reform. Vermont recently passed a law expanding juvenile jurisdiction to include youths up to age 20, and Massachusetts lawmakers are studying a similar measure as

A bill that aims to reduce carjacking would put the burden on juvenile justice advocates to prove their clients should be freed until their cases are resolved. (Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Claiming not to know that a car is stolen would no longer be a major factor in prosecuting suspected carjackers under a bill pending in Springfield. But its critics say the protection is crucial for many unknowing teens and passengers caught up in a bad situation. Support

Research indicates kids who commit low-level crimes often are dealing with poverty, domestic violence and drug abuse. (cdc.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The current juvenile-justice system in this country doesn't work as well as it should, according to a new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that calls for changes to ensure that young people are being helped, not hampered. The research showed that young people respond more

Research shows young people don't think the same way adults do, even after they turn 18. (V. Carter)

EVANSTON, Ill. – A new report called "Detention of Juveniles in Illinois" highlights the need for local communities to be given financial incentives to keep young people from being locked up. In the 1990s, 12 Illinois counties built new, or expanded existing detention centers and the state p

About 70 percent of the young people arrested in Illinois are dealing with mental health issues. (womenshealth.gov)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Seven in 10 juveniles arrested in Illinois have underlying mental health issues, and advocates are urging lawmakers to offer them treatment rather than jail time. According to the report “Stemming the Tide,” 30,000 young people have been arrested and 11,000 in

Illinois automatically sends 18-year-old defendants to adult court. (www.icjia.state.il.us)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation aimed at keeping juveniles on the right track is being discussed by Illinois lawmakers. Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, introduced HB 4581 this month. It would gradually bump the age that young offenders charged with misdemeanors are sent to adult court from 18 t

It's been a year since Illinois eliminated a rule about shackling young inmates in court. (fbi.gov)

Re-sending to correct wording in fifth paragraph. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — It's been just over a year since the Illinois Supreme Court moved to end indiscriminate shackling of children in court, and judges across the state say it's working well. Rule 943 went into effect in November 2016. It man

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