Category Archives: JJI In the News and Press Releases

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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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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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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OP-ED: Germany’s ‘Normalized’ Juvenile Facilities a Success

JJI President Betsy Clarke’s Op-Ed was released on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. Over a century ago, reformers in Chicago initiated a series of policies based on the progressive concept that children are different and deserve special treatment. The progressive movement … Continue reading

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JJI’s New Report “Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion”

On February 27, 2015, the Juvenile Justice Initiative released a new report that documents analyses of Illinois’ arrests and admissions of young adults ages 18-21 to the Cook County Department of Corrections (i.e., Cook County Jail), and examines emerging trends in policy … 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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Preckwinkle calls for end to automatic transfers of minors to adult court

On Friday, December 12, 2014, Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle urged to end automatic transfer of children to adult court, and restore judicial discretion in Illinois. Toni Preckwinkle was joined by Robert L. Listenbee, Administrator of the U.S. Department … Continue reading

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JJI Pres. Betsy Clarke’s Commentary: U.S. in Poor Company on Children’s Rights

Today November 20th marks the 25th anniversary of the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), a promise the world made to protect and promote children’s rights. “The rights outlined in the Convention are the fundamental protections … Continue reading

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“My Kind of Town” Reading & Panel Discussion

On Nov. 10, 2014, North Grand High School will team up with the Timeline Theatre for a special reading of the play “My Kind of Town” (based on the John Burges case) which focuses on issues of race, inequality, discrimination … Continue reading

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Automatic Transfer Negates Justice for All Our Children

JJI President Elizabeth Clarke’s Op-Ed has been published on Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. “In a sobering decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently upheld the automatic adult prosecution of a 15-year-old who was living in a state residential home due to … Continue reading

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