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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.


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The White House kicks off a Child Tax Credit promotional blitz; Sen. Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Public News Service - IL: Criminal Justice

More than 450 students have completed the Curt's Café three-month workforce training and life-skills curriculum. (ibravery/Adobe Stock)

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EVANSTON, Ill. -- Juvenile-justice reform groups say helping young people with work and life-skills training reduces recidivism more effectively than incarceration, and they cite an Illinois program as an example. Curt's Café, with locations in Evanston and Highland Park, also connects youth l

The bill to ban deception in juvenile interrogations was passed unanimously by the Illinois State Senate. (Nick Youngson/Pix4free)

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CHICAGO - Illinois is set to become the first state to prohibit the use of deception by law enforcement in interrogations of juveniles. Laura Kaeseberg - legal director with the Illinois Innocence Project at the University of Springfield - said in many wrongful convictions of children and teens, p

In the last decade, three of the Illinois Youth Center sites have closed. Groups that advocate against youth incarceration want the remaining five facilities to follow suit. (methaphum/Adobe Stock)

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CLARIFICATION: The name of the organization that developed the tool, Performing Statistics, was added. (1:45 p.m. MST, May 20, 2021) CHICAGO - Advocates for juvenile justice hope a new interactive, virtual tool will help illustrate what kids who end up in the justice system are navigating. Called

Juvenile defenders say in-person meetings are critical for building trust and strong relationships with their clients. (ijeab/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- As courts across the country consider whether to continue holding hearings remotely post-pandemic, juvenile-justice advocates are asking them to weigh the risks to due-process rights for young people. Illinois has no minimum age for prosecuting children, so kids age 10 or younger are hav

In 2019, about 76,000 children were prosecuted in the adult system, and more than 80% of them were racial minorities, according to a report from Human Rights for Kids. (chatiyanon/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- A bipartisan group of federal lawmakers will introduce a package of bills to make the way children and teens are treated in the federal criminal justice system more fair and age-appropriate. The reforms include ending sentences of life without parole for children, establishing a minimum

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

Since recreational use of marijuana became legal in Illinois in 2020, 700,000 minor cannabis records have become eligible to be expunged. (Victor Moussa/Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- A little more than a year after Illinois became the eleventh state to legalize recreational cannabis, legal-aid groups are working to help residents get past cannabis convictions expunged through a state-funded program called the New Leaf Initiative. Gray Mateo-Harris, a board member of

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