JJI’s Current Focus

JJI is working to end automatic transfer of children under the age of 18 (HB3718) and reduce detentions of children ages 10-12 through community alternatives (HB2567). 

  • Transfer Reform (HB3718) fact sheet is available here.
    • Read our research report on 3 years of automatic transfer data from 2010 to 2012.
    • Read one page summary of the recent automatic transfer data 2013-2014.
    • Current legislation status and bill text of transfer reform is available here.
  • Detention Reform (HB2567) fact sheet is available here.
    • Current legislation status and bill text of detention reform is available here.

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.

Events and News

Save the Date Annual Fundraiser 2015

Save the Date of September 16, 2015 for our annual benefit.

The Juvenile Justice Initiative will honor CSO Music Director Riccardo Muti for bringing music and hope to children incarcerated in Illinois and celebrate our 15th Anniversary!

More information will be available here. For sponsorship opportunities, please contact Julia.

Young Adults in Conflict with the Law

February 27, 2015
The Juvenile Justice Initiative has released a new report “Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion.”

The JJI found that over 60% of statewide arrests of young adults ages 18 – 21 were for misdemeanors in CY2013, and about a third (4,011) of admissions of young adults ages 18 – 21 to the Cook County jail were for misdemeanors. Click the image to download the report.

Report Image April 24, 2014
The Juvenile Justice Initiative reviewed 257 cases of children ages 15-16 who were automatically prosecuted as adults from 2010-2012 in Cook County. The JJI found that 90% of the convictions resulted from guilty pleas, and over 50% of convictions were for juvenile offenses that would not have triggered automatic adult prosecutions in the very first place. The JJI works to restore judicial review by a juvenile court judge before transferring children to adult court. Click the image to download the report.


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.