Category Archives: Juvenile Justice News from Illinois and Beyond

Hon. Elizabeth Robb urges to eliminate automatic transfer

In her opinion released on State Journal-Register, Hon. Elizabeth Robb, a retired McLean County Chief Judge, urges the ILGA to eliminate automatic transfer of children to adult court. Hon. Robb explains that discretionary transfer law leaves the transfer decision up to … Continue reading

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Judges should decide where teens stand trial

In their commentary posted on Sun Times, Judge Andrew Berman, retired Cook County circuit court judge, Judge Colleen F. Sheehan, Cook County circuit court judge, and Judge Stuart Paul Katz, Cook County associate court judge expressed support to eliminate automatic transfers … Continue reading

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United Nations critcizes juvenile justice practices in the US

The United Nations top investigator on torture has delivered a scathing criticism of juvenile justice practices common in the United States, including routine detention of youths, solitary confinement and sentences of life without parole for children. In the report, the … Continue reading

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Monitoring Reports on IYC-Kewanee and IYC-Warrenville Released

John Howard Association(JHA), an Illinois only prison watch dog, released monitoring reports on IYC-Kewanee and IYC-Warrenville. IYC-Kewanee is a mixed medium and maximum security facility for boys. Located about two and a half hours west of Chicago, Kewanee serves several … Continue reading

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Study on Cook County Juvenile Court recommends shift in priorities

March 25, 2015 A study commissioned by Cook County Justice for Children (CCJC) and conducted by Roosevelt University’s Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation and Adler University’s Institute on Public Safety & Social Justice, identifies growing numbers of stakeholders … Continue reading

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Cook County Juvenile Justice Leaders Pledge to Improve the System

On February 19, 2015, Cook County Juvenile Justice Leaders, Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Board President Toni Preckwinkle, State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez and Public Defender A.C. Cunningham, announced an agreement with a large coalition of juvenile justice advocates on a set … Continue reading

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3rd Annual Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Data Forum

The 3rd Annual Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Data Forum will be held Friday, February 20th from 9 am to 3 pm at Loyola University Chicago Law School (25 East Pearson, Room 1103). Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from … Continue reading

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Leonard Dixon as New Superintendent for Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

Monday, February 9th marked the beginning of a new head of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC), Leonard Dixon. Leonard Dixon is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile detention who most recently served as the executive director for … Continue reading

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New York Time’s Editorial: Kids and Jails, a Bad Combination

The New York Time’s Editorial on the Juvenile Justice and Delinqueny Prevention Act (JJDPA) is on today’s New York Times. The essence of the JJDPA is a set of protections for young people caught up in a criminal justice system built for … Continue reading

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JJI Board Member Judge Timberlake Honored as Champion for Change

On Monday, December 15, 2015, the JJI Board Member Judge George W. Timberlake was honored as Champing for Change at National Conference of MacArthur-supported Models for Change Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative. JJI is very fortunate to have him on our … Continue reading

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