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Illinois Juvenile Justice

Second City Ranks First in Teen Arrests

Angela Caputo | Posted 01.23.2014 | Chicago
Angela Caputo

Illinois is one of 10 states where 17-year-olds are automatically sent to adult lockup, court and, in many cases, prison on felony crimes. Chicago police have arrested more 17-year-olds than their counterparts in any other big city in the country.

Advocates Praise, Union Criticizes Quinn's Planned Youth Prison Closings

Posted 02.27.2012 | Chicago

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn's plan to close ten of the state's correctional facilities, two of which are juvenile detention centers, has drawn a mixed...

Plug The Budget Gap With Juvenile Justice Reform

Paula Wolff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Paula Wolff

A citizens' group has been appointed to find places to cut the budget. One of the first places they should look is the Department of Corrections, which spends a shocking $1.4 billion each year to lock up 45,000 people.