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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

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

There was a 5% drop in the number of youth admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois from 2016 to 2017. (Jan H. Anderson/Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — People who support alternatives to detention for kids in trouble say the stage is set to bring lasting reforms to Illinois's juvenile-justice system. A recent report shows about 500 fewer young people were admitted to juvenile detention in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016 - a

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

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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