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 Kewanee High School, 1211 E. Third St., Kewanee. For more information about the hearing and to register to testify, visit the Commission’s website at www.cgfa.ilga.gov

The Juvenile Justice Initiative has long advocated for the closure of the juvenile prison in Kewanee, based on the declining juvenile prison population as well as the remote geographic location, ineffectiveness of large institutional prisons for children, and the lack of adequate programming.  See our written testimony in support of the closure of Kewanee IYC here: JJI testimony Kewanee


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