Juvenile Justice Initiative
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For Children in Conflict with the Law!
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Our Current Focus
Following bills were sent to Governor Bruce Rauner for his signature!
HB3718 – a bill to limit automatic transfers of children under age 18 to adult court:
- Read JJI’s letter to Gov. Rauner to urge him to sign the bill into law, and you can join our effort. Click here for a sample letter template you could use.
- Click here to download the JJI’s fact sheet on HB3718.
- Click here for one page summary of the recent automatic transfer data in Cook County.
- Read our report reviewing 257 cases of chidren automatically transferred to adult court in Cook County.
- Read Hon. Elizabeth Robb’s opinion on automatic transfer and Cook County judges’ opinion.
- Read “Editorial: Right-size criminal justice system; keep kids out of it“
- Check Chicago Tribune article explaning the difference between current automatic transfer law and our proposed law
- Click here for other media coverage.
- Want to hear voices of children affected by automatic transfer? Read In Their Own Words.
SB1560 – a bill to ban admitting children for midemeanor offenses and limit aftercare (parole):
- Read JJI’s leter to Gov. Rauner to urge him to sign the bill into law. Click here for a sample letter you can use to join the effort.
- Click here for fact sheet.
HB2567 – a bill to reduce detentions of children ages 10-12 through community alternatives:
- Read JJI’s letter to Gov. Bruce Rauner. Click here for a sample letter template you can use to urge the Governor to sign the bill into law.
- Detention reform fact sheet is available here.
HB2471 – a bill prohibits the sentence of mandatory life without parole for children under 18 at the time of the offense in Illinois:
- Click here for a sample letter template you can use to ask the Governor to sign the bill into law.
- Click here for a sample SB100 letter to urge the Governor’s signature.
- Click here for a sample HB218 letter.
JJI also urges the Governor and Illinois Legislature to fully fund community based preventative and intervention services for children in Illinois.
- Read JJI’s statement on the need to maintain community based services in the state budget.
The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a non-profit, non-partisan statewide advocacy organization working to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinois. We advocate to reduce reliance on incarceration, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state.