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PNS Daily Newscast - April 15, 2021 


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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

18-year-olds who commit misdemeanors are currently charged in adult court, but a bill seeks to change that. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- A bill pending in the Illinois House of Representatives would bring misdemeanor cases against older teenagers to juvenile court rather than adult court. House Bill 111 would allow emerging adults to be considered "delinquent minors" and adjudicated in the juvenile system up to

In 2020, nearly 60 kids younger than age 13 were detained in the Illinois juvenile-justice system. (cookcountyil.gov)

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CHICAGO - Illinois criminal-justice reform groups are urging legislative action to keep children and teens out of detention before their trials. More than four times as many Illinois kids were detained pre-trial than after trials in July last year and even during the pandemic, according to a report

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

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