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PNS Daily Newscast - April 15, 2021 


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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

Some Illinois lawmakers are considering requiring a lawyer to be present for youths who are interrogated by police. (iStockphoto)

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CHICAGO - Young people accused of crimes in Illinois soon could have new protections that their advocates believe will help cut down on false confessions. State lawmakers are in Chicago today discussing Senate Bill 2370, which would extend the right to a lawyer to youths ages 13 to 17 who are in po

A panel of juvenile-justice experts is rethinking Illinois' youth court system. (iStockphoto)

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CHICAGO - Illinois once again could become a national leader in juvenile-justice reforms. That's the idea behind a hearing today in Chicago, where experts will be talking about how the state can help keep young adults who break the law from reoffending. State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, is holding

A new Illinois law that raises the age limit on youth detainments in the state is earning praise from a juvenile justice expert. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois now has several new laws in effect aimed at keeping teens out of the state prison system. One group is praising one change in particular, which could affect some of Illinois' youngest residents. The amendment to Illinois' Juvenile Court Act now says children under 13 s

Youth imprisonment is down, but for many incarcerated black teens, not much has changed in Illinois.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The number of children being committed to prisons or other detention facilities has dropped by about 53 percent across the country. According to a recent look at federal data by the Pew Charitable Trust, Illinois saw the eighth largest drop in that number from 2001 to 201

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