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Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

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  • Long-troubled Cook County juvenile detention center gets new leader

     Long-troubled Cook County juvenile detention center gets new leader
    The Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center, which has endured a reputation for being crowded, unclean and poorly staffed, has a new leader, officials announced Thursday.
  • Pact calls for better conditions for imprisoned juveniles

    Pact calls for better conditions for imprisoned juveniles
    Youths in Illinois' troubled juvenile prisons would receive enhanced access to education, mental health services and other improvements under a proposal that awaits a judge's approval. Eighteen months after suing the state's Department of Juvenile...

    State agrees to settlement in lawsuit alleging a 'kangaroo court'

    State agrees to settlement in lawsuit alleging a 'kangaroo court'
    The state of Illinois has agreed to start providing lawyers for juvenile defendants who face parole revocation hearings as part of a settlement of a federal lawsuit that dubbed the process a "kangaroo court" system that left youths languishing behind...

    State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say

    State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say
    Illinois' youth prison system is violating the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate mental health care and education and by unnecessarily keeping youths in solitary confinement, three court-appointed experts found this week....

    Report cites lack of staffing, security cameras for incidents of abuse in state youth prisons

    Report cites lack of staffing, security cameras for incidents of abuse in state youth prisons
    Youths in Illinois juvenile prisons suffered higher rates of sexual assault than those in other states because of the lack of adequate staffing and state-of-the-art security cameras and a failure to spot "red flag" behavior, a report released Wednesday...