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Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Director Candice Jones and 4 Opportunities for Reform in the Illinois Dept. of Juvenile Justice

John Maki | Posted 04.14.2014 | Chicago
John Maki

As Illinois' only non-partisan juvenile and adult prison watchdog, the JHA congratulates Candice Jones on her appointment to become the new Director of the IDJJ. While Illinois has made important progress in building a better juvenile justice system, IDJJ's mission still remains more of an aspiration than a reality.

System Failure: Sexual Victimization in Illinois Juvenile Prisons

John Maki | Posted 08.13.2013 | Chicago
John Maki

In a recently released national study, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that 15 percent of youth incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) reported they were victims of sexual assault by staff or other detained youth.

Quinn's Prison Closure Plan Must Be Supported by Comprehensive Prison Reform

John Maki | Posted 04.25.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

Quinn is smart to look to the state's prison system to save taxpayer money. But to have a real impact on the state's fiscal health, Illinois must look beyond closing prisons and work toward ending our over-reliance on incarceration.

Top Ten Things to Know About Illinois' Prisons in 2011

John Maki | Posted 02.26.2012 | Chicago
John Maki

Although Illinois' adult prison system has long exceeded its design capacity of 33,663 inmates, the Illinois Department of Corrections (DOC) reached more than 49,000 for the first time in 2011.

Lizzie Schiffman

Illinois Panel Finds Broken Parole System Traps Young Offenders

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 12.14.2011 | Chicago

"One Commissioner observed a hearing in which there was 'no time for introduction or discussion. [The Prisoner Review Board hearing officer] was readi...

Lizzie Schiffman

New Juvenile Justice Law Aims To Keep Young Offenders Out Of Prison

HuffingtonPost.com | Lizzie Schiffman | Posted 10.16.2011 | Chicago

Legislation signed Monday will require juvenile court judges to review additional factors before issuing sentences in Illinois, in the hopes sending f...

Juvenile Prisons May Lose Their Only College Courses

Chicago Public Radio | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

The only college-level classes offered in Illinois' youth prisons may soon get cut. That's because the state is so far behind in bills owed to the com...

Prisons Stripped Of Vocational Classes In Budget Shortfall

Inside and Out | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

In its mission statement, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice pledges to help the young people in its prisons become productive citizens. But ...