Category Archives: Updates

50 Years After Miranda: A Look at IL’s Juvenile Justice System

Today is the 50th anniversary of Miranda v. Arizona.  See article below regarding recent developments in providing counsel for children at the station house in lllinois. http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2016-06-13/juvenile-justice/50-years-after-miranda-a-look-at-ils-juvenile-justice-system/a51965-1

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Read JJI’s statement on the Illinois budget

JJI filed written testimony for the Appropriations – Human Services committee meeting on Wed., April 27 at the Bilandic Building in Chicago at 12:00 p.m.  Read the statement here.

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Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee approves bill raising the age of juvenile court to 21!

JJI applauds CT Gov. Malloy for his support of raising the age of juvenile court to 21 and the CT Judiciary Committee for passing the Second Chance 2.0 bill.  Only CT and IL are working on “raising the age” to … Continue reading

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JJI President Elizabeth Clarke addressed social work students at ISU for Social Work Day

Elizabeth Clarke addressed an audience of about 300 students of the ISU School of Social Work and professionals who work with youth for a day-long event marking Social Work Day.  Read article about her presentation here.

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Hearing on Closing Kewanee Youth Prison 3/30

At 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, the Illinois Commission on Government Forecasting and Accountability, a state legislative panel, will begin a public hearing about Gov. Rauner’s proposal to close the juvenile prison at Kewanee. The hearing will be held at … Continue reading

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Read support letters from NJDC and NLADA for SB2370

National Legal Aid and Defender Association Letter:  NLADA Letter in support of SB2370 National Juvenile Defender Center Letter:  NJDCLetter of Support of SB2370

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Candidates for Cook County State’s Attorney Respond to JJI questionnaire

Two of the three candidates in the Democratic Primary for Cook County State’s Attorney responded to JJI’s questionnaire – you can read their responses by clicking on the links below: Foxx Juvenile Justice Initiative      More – 2016 QUESTIONNAIRE response

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The US has a growing human rights movement which has successfully advocated for social change. Read the statement by the UN Working Group on the Status of People of African Descent here.

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Governor Signs Transfer Reform

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Elizabeth Clarke August 4, 2015, 847-894-4206 New Law Will Require Individual Review of Decision to Try Children age 15 and Children age 16/17 charged with certain offenses in Adult Court Law Taking Effect on January 1st … Continue reading

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Justice Kennedy on Solitary Confinement

June 19th New York Times had an Editorial “Justice Kennedy on Solitary Confimenet” highlighting Justice Kennedy’s concurrence on Davis v. Ayala, a case challenging the prosecutor’s dismissal of all seven Black/Hispanic. The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Hector Ayala, … Continue reading

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