END THE INDISCRIMINATE SHACKLING OF YOUTH IN ILLINOIS COURTROOMS
A large coalition of juvenile justice reform advocates and justice organizations -- including the Illinois Justice Project -- has asked the Illinois Supreme Court to adopt a rule explicitly prohibiting the indiscriminate shackling of children in juvenile delinquency proceedings.
Under the proposed rule, the use of restraints would be permitted if the presiding juvenile court judge finds that shackling is necessary for the safety and security of the child and/or others and that there are no less restrictive alternatives available. The proposed rule would eliminate the prejudicial impact of shackling in court and the emotional and psychological harm experienced by youth.
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SUPPORT CLOSURE OF THE JUVENILE PRISON AT KEWANEE
The estimated annual savings of $14.2 million should be directed to enhanced programing at the five remaining youth prisons and to rehabilitative services in local communities by funding programs such as Redeploy Illinois, which has lost funding, resulting in the rapid closure of sites throughout the state.
To read the Illinois Justice Project’s testimony prepared for the state hearing on closing the Illinois Youth Center at Kewanee, click here.
To read the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s recommendation, click here
the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, a state legislative panel, will hold a hearing on the proposed closure at 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at Kewanee High School, 1211 E. Third St., Kewanee. For more information, click here.
SUBSCRIBE TO THE ILLINOIS JUSTICE PROJECT NEWS SUMMARY.
To subscribe to the Illinois Justice Project News Summary, click here.
COLLABORATIVE ON REENTRY CONVENES CONFERENCE — WHAT ILLINOIS CAN DO TODAY TO REFORM ITS CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM
To read the conference agenda, click here.
The Justice Coalition for Safety and Fairness recommends five specific actions to help the state reach the goal of a 25 percent reduction in Illinois’ prison population by 2025.
To read the letter to the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, click here.
To complete the sign-on form in support of the letter, click here.
To read additional information and analysis of the recommendations, click here.
NEW! “ILLINOIS STARTS TO REDEEM ITS REFORM-MINDED JUVENILE JUSTICE PAST”
To read this op-ed by IDJJ Director Candice Jones and Paula Wolff, Director of the Illinois Justice Project, click here.
ILJP TELLS STATE PANEL OF IMPORTANCE OF STRONG COMMUNITY CORRECTIONS AND EXPANSION OF REDEPLOY ILLINOIS
In testimony to the Illinois State Commission on Criminal Justice and Sentencing Reform, the ILJP stressed the importance of “community corrections” and the creation of “strong community capacity at the local level, building on the success of the Redeploy Illinois model—which has demonstrated the critical impact local communities can have on crime and rehabilitation when they have resources and assume responsibility for offender diversion.” For our recommendations on how to do that, click here.
Op-Ed by Esther Franco-Payne Featured by Reboot Illinois
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2015 Criminal and Juvenile Justice Legislation
In the spring session, the Illinois General Assembly passed some significant reform legislation aimed at right-sizing the criminal justice system and expanding restorative justice opportunities to keep juveniles out of the system. Click here to read more about some of the bills approved by the General Assembly.
CPS Announces Mid-Year Data: 60 Percent Fewer Out of School Suspensions So Far This Year, 69 Percent Reduction in Expulsions
April 22, 2015
Chicago Public Schools (CPS) reports a 60 percent reduction in suspensions and 69 percent reduction in expulsions across all grades in School Year 2014-2015 compared to the first semester of last school year. These results follow Student Code of Conduct revisions, which provide a more equitable approach to student discipline, promote positive learning climates and keep students engaged in school.
CPS news release here: http://cps.edu/News/Press_releases/Pages/PR1_3_19_2015.aspx
Suspension and expulsion data can be found under “Metrics” on the CPS “School Data” section of the CPS website here: http://cps.edu/SchoolData/Pages/SchoolData.aspx
Commitment to Improvements in the Juvenile Justice System in Cook County
February 19, 2015
Today, a partnership of community groups and government leaders announce agreement on ten principles to improve the Cook County juvenile justice system with an emphasis on rehabilitation of young people and use of incarceration as a last resort.
Visit our NEWS page to learn more about this important initiative.