Ending Juvenile Detention: Is Stage Set in Illinois?

Public News Service

By Mary Schuermann Kuhlman

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 5% drop. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission compiled the data, and chair Rick Velasquez said those involved in the system are recognizing the problems associated with detention and its overuse.

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