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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

A human rights report gives Illinois 3.5 points out of 10 for how kids are treated in the criminal-justice system. (AdobeStock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Advocates say Illinois and many other states are out of step with other developed countries when it comes to the treatment of kids in the justice system. A 2020 State Ratings report from the organization Human Rights for Kids looks at 12 areas needed to create a legal framewor

In Illinois, Black men ages 18 to 24 are nine times more likely to be jailed than their white peers. (Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A new report puts some weight behind arguments that young adults should not be prosecuted in adult court in Illinois. The findings from the Juvenile Law Center confirmed youth incarceration rates have fallen in recent years, as officials recognize the developmental differences

Pre-trial juvenile detentions in Illinois fell 19% between March and April. (AdobeStock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Juvenile-justice advocates say Illinois is failing its children by allowing kids as young as 10 years old to be locked-up without being found guilty of a crime. State law limits prison to children who are age 13 or older and have a felony conviction, but doesn't follow the same

Research shows that automatic transfer laws disproportionately impact youth of color. (AdobeStock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- New research suggests that, if given time for proper review, Illinois could greatly reduce the number of juvenile cases that are sent to adult court and, in turn, give youth in trouble a better shot at redemption. In 2015, the legislature limited the automatic transfer of case

With the right to a speedy trial suspended in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak, advocates say youths being held in pre-trial detention should be released. (AdobeStock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- There's a new call to better protect children awaiting trial in Illinois during the COVID-19 outbreak. A number of organizations are expressing concern over what they call a lack of transparency and protections from the Illinois Supreme Court for the state's juvenile-detention c

Criminal-justice groups say managing a highly contagious diseases such as coronavirus in prisons and detention centers is extremely difficult. (Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- As state officials continually review and implement measures to reduce the spread of the new coronavirus, criminal justice groups say the youths in conflict with the law should be a priority. Elizabeth Clarke, president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, contended that Illinoi

A global study confirms that the United States has the highest child-incarceration rate in the world. (Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO - As the world marks the 30th anniversary of the United Nations' Convention on the Rights of the Child, local leaders and experts in Illinois are pausing to examine human rights in the juvenile justice system. The first-ever "Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty", being released for

Researchers say criminalizing children can cause long-term harm to their overall development. (kayasit/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO – More than a century after the world's first juvenile court was established in Illinois, advocates are still fighting to ensure that children accused of crimes aren't treated the same as adults. At the Juvenile Justice Initiative's "Re-Imagine Justice Summit" in Chicago yesterday, t

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