IV. Redeploy Illinois
Since the project began in 2005, the Redeploy Illinois program for juveniles has incentivized local jurisdictions to divert Illinois youth from the state youth prison system and has helped provide local programming that has been more successful at treating the problems that have contributed to criminal behavior. Nearly 2,500 youth have been diverted from prison over the past nine years. These diversions have helped allow the state to close three juvenile prisons and avoid more than $15 million in spending in a single year. Because of the success of the juvenile Redeploy program, Adult Redeploy Illinois was created in 2010 and has diverted more than 2,500 adults and resulted in cost avoidance of $75 million.
Do you support the expansion of these Redeploy Illinois programs? Are there other programs that you support that would improve both the scope and effectiveness of diversion programs?
J.B. Pritzker Candidate Response
I support the expansion of Redeploy Illinois. I support programs that keep families intact by diverting youth involvement with the juvenile justice system and want to expand evidence-based youth diversion programs that address mental health, substance use, trauma, and other needs that may lead to negative outcomes. I also support partnering with municipalities in the use of restorative justice as an alternative to prosecution and incarceration of adolescents.