Category Archives: Updates

6/5/2015 Juvenile Justice Comparative Law Training

COMPARATIVE JUVENILE LAW COURSE 6 PROFESSIONAL RESPONSIBILITY CREDITS This course will teach lawyers about international developments in juvenile justice law in comparison to the U.S. Attendees will come away from this course will an understanding of how laws, policy and … Continue reading

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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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Young Adult Summit Follow Up

February 27, 2015 The February 27th summit, “Young Adults: Moving from Prisons to Pathways of Hope,” co-sponsored by the Juvenile Justice Initiative and the Mansfield Institute for Social Justice and Transformation, explored global and national initiatives on  the treatment of young adults and effective community alternatives to … 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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