Juvenile Prisons Stripped Of Vocational Classes In Budget Shortfall

07/05/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
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In its mission statement, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice pledges to help the young people in its prisons become productive citizens. But at the maximum security youth prison in Joliet, 40 miles southwest of Chicago, that pledge has been hard to keep. Vocational classes at the prison have repeatedly been cut over the last 15 years. And the few that are still offered, don't offer much.

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