Category Archives: Updates

Read JJI’s statement on IL Budget: Full Funding of Prevention and Intervention Programming

JJI filed written testimony for the Appropriations – Human Services committee meeting on Tue., April 4 in support of full funding for Redeploy Illinois, CCBYS, and other critical prevention and intervention programs. Read the statement here.

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JJI President Elizabeth Clarke and Board Member Amy Campanelli Address Public Defenders at National Summit

On Saturday, February 4th, public defenders from across the United States met in Miami for the Summit on Public Defense, hosted by the American Bar Association. Elizabeth Clarke was invited to speak to the issue of the right to counsel at … Continue reading

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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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Closing Kewanee Youth Prison – 3/30 Hearing and Updates

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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