Category Archives: Feature

New Grant to JJI from Chicago Community Trust to address young adult population

CHICAGO –  The Chicago Community Trust has awarded a grant of $75,000 to the Juvenile Justice Initiative of Illinois to initiate a dialogue encouraging the expansion of successful juvenile diversion and sentencing practices for the young “emerging” adult population age … Continue reading

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Macon County Juvenile Justice Forum, A Success

On June 25th, the Juvenile Justice Initiative joined the Macon County Juvenile Justice Council to hold “Crossroads for Change” at Eisenhower High School in Decatur.  The event informed and engaged the community in discussions and planning for Macon County’s juvenile justice system. Over 150 attendees … Continue reading

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Gov. Quinn Signs Juvenile Expungement Legislation!

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to erase some arrest records for children who were not charged with a crime. The legislation approved automatically clears records in less-serious, non-violent cases upon the person’s 18th birthday. The law takes effect Jan. 1. It … Continue reading

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Illinois Appellate Court declares VOYRA unconstitutional

On May 28th, the Illinois State Appellate Court, First District, declared the Illinois VOYRA statute unconstitutional as applied to minors in In re M.A.. The VOYRA statute requires both delinquent minors and  adults convicted of certain enumerated crimes against minors … Continue reading

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NYT Editorial: End Mass Incarceration Now

The New York Times urged the US to end mass incarceration, arguing that the “United States ‘has gone past the point where the numbers of people in prison can be justified by social benefits,” and that mass incarceration itself is “a source of … Continue reading

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Chicago is addicted to arresting people for marijuana possession

According to the study released on May 19 by Roosevelt University’s Illinois Consortium on Drug Policy, only 7 percent of the misdemeanor marijuana violations recorded by Chicago police in 2013, the first full year that the city’s decriminalization ordinance was in … Continue reading

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Professional Responsibility CLE Course

Updated July 10, 2014 Course Materials are available here. ———————————- COMPARATIVE JUVENILE LAW COURSE 6 PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY CREDITS Juvenile Justice Initiaitve will offer a day long professional responsibility CLE course! This course will teach lawyers about international developments in juvenile … Continue reading

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April 24, 2014: Summit on Counsel for Children

Join us as we examine the impact of the 2008 European Court of Human Rights decision extending counsel to children and adults during police interrogations and its implications for children in IL, particularly those at risk of adult trial and … Continue reading

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Op-Ed: End Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

John Maki of the John Howard Association and Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative wrote a commentary about solitary confinement of juveniles. For obvious reasons, the voices of children jailed in solitary cells are rarely heard. But there … Continue reading

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Testimony on Solitary Confinement

Juvenile Justice Initiative submitted its testimony on solitary confinement of youth in 2012. Click here to read the testimony.

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