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PNS Daily Newscast - August 22, 2019 


The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

Experts say there are collateral consequences for older youths who have an adult criminal record.<br />(Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois lawmakers, along with state and national judicial leaders, will get an international perspective today on ways to create better outcomes for emerging adults in the justice system. This group ranges in age from 18 to about 25 and, according to research, has the highest r

In 2017, 167 kids younger than age 13 were held in detention facilities in Illinois. (Adobe Stock)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Legislation is making its way through the Illinois House that could help change the trajectory for some kids in legal trouble. House Bill 1468 would raise the minimum age for juvenile detention from 10 to 13. George Timberlake, chairman of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commissio

A majority of adults age 18 to 25 who are incarcerated in Illinois are there for nonviolent offenses. (Lechenie-narkomonii/Pixabay)

CHICAGO – Illinoisans ages 18 to 25 are not children anymore, but many are not quite grown up either. New research examines how the state can better help these emerging adults in the criminal justice system. A report released Thursday by the Justice Lab at Columbia University says emerging

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

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