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Illinois Bans Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles in Court

Juvenile justice advocates argue that the use of ankle, wrist, and other restraints in courtrooms deprives young people of a fair trial by creating bias, while traumatizing them and their families. Read More
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Juvenile Justice Progress in Illinois

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law legislation to end automatic transfers to adult court for youth charged with certain serious crimes, ensuring their cases will be heard before a juvenile court judge. Read More

"Juvenile Prison Closures Praised"

From Pantagraph.com
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Realigning Illinois Fiscal Priorities in Juvenile Justice

"Research shows that treating youth in the community is the best medicine for youth crime," writes Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, a grantee of MacArthur's Models for Change juvenile justice reform initiative. Read More

Changing Course: A Review of the First Two Years of Drug Transfer Reform in Illinois

Prepared for the Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative by Elizabeth Kooy. The preparation of this document was supported by John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. View the Models for Change website Read More

Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts Better for Children, Safer for Communities, According to Study

The 2005 repeal of a state law that once forced children accused of drug offenses into adult criminal courts has not compromised public safety and, instead, has provided hundreds of Illinois youth a greater opportunity to ... Read More

Illinois Bill Limits Long-Term Access to Information on Juvenile Sex Offenders

MacArthur grantee the Juvenile Justice Initiative helped forge an alliance between Illinois prosecutors and public defenders to pass a bill – over the objections of Governor Rod Blagojevich – that limits long-term access to information about juvenile sex ... Read More