Category Archives: Updates

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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Editorial: Springfield’s secret to criminal justice reform — compromise

Chicago Sun-Times’ Editorial Board discussed our bills, HB2567 and HB3718, that got bi-partisan support. “People who work with troubled kids will tell you that it does no good to put a child as young as 10 in a county detention … Continue reading

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Chicago Tribune Articles on Automatic Transfer

On June 12, Chicago Tribune released three articles on automatic transfer in Illinois. Interviewing childrem who were automatically transferred to adult court and sentenced to adult prisons from years to life without parole and children who were tried as a juvenile for the same … Continue reading

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Editorial: Right-size criminal justice system; keep kids out of it

In Today’s Dispatch Argus Editorial, Editorial Board urged the Gov. Rauner to sign our bills – HB3718, HB2567 and SB1560 – bills that right size juvenile justice system by reducing the numbers of automatic transfers and the number of children … Continue reading

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June 17th Criminal Justice Reform Town Hall Meeting

Illinois State Rep. Robyn Gabel and Rep. Kelly Cassidy will host a town hall meeting to discuss criminal justice reform on June 17th at Unitarian Church in Evanston. Topics include: Sentencing Reform Criminal Justice Budget Outlook Reducing Barriers to Employment … Continue reading

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Legislative Update May 28

Great News! Detention Reform: HB2567 HCA1 – a bill providing that a child under the age of 13 cannot be detained in a detention center unless a local youth service provider has been contacted and has not been able to accept … Continue reading

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Transfer Reform Bill Passes Out of Senate Crim. Law Cmte

Transfer reform bill Senate Amendment #1 to House Bill 3718 passed out of the Senate Criminal Law Committee on a 10-1 on May 6, 2015. In Illinois, children under age 18 (as young as 13) charged with certain felony offenses … Continue reading

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Legislative Update April 30

Transfer Reform HB172 Amendment 1 HB172 HFA1 expands requirement of review by a juvenile court judge to determine whether a child should be tried as an adult or a juvenile through an individualized court hearing that takes into account the … Continue reading

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JJI Latest Newsletter Spring 2015

JJI has released its latest newsletter! To download please click the image or here.

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