Our Publications

Reports & Briefs

  • Children’s Experience with Virtual Court, Dec. 2021   Click here for report: Children’s Experience With Virtual Court
  • Pretrial Detention of Children During a Pandemic, Reforms that Protect Children After Trial not in place for Children Before Trial – Findings and Implications for Reform, Feb. 2021  Click here for report: Pretrial Detention of Children in a Pandemic
  • Transfer of Children to Adult Court – Review of Outcomes from 2015 Transfer Reforms. May, 2020  Click here for reportTransfer Report 2020 
  • Recommendations for Reform: JJI’s recommendations for reform to Governor Elect J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Governor Elect Juliana Stratton. Click here.
  • Detention of Juveniles in Illinois:   Recommendations to Right-Size Detention through Reforms and Fiscal Incentives to Develop Community-Based Alternatives.  April, 2018  Click here for JJI’s Detention Report May 4, 2018
  • JJI written testimony in support of raising the age of juvenile court to include emerging adults, before the Women’s Commission of Cook County, Oct, 2017. Click here. 
  • Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion. Click here.
  • Snapshot of Illinois Juvenile Arrests, CY2013. Click here.
  • Two Pager: Young Adult Arrests in Illinois, CY2013. Click here.
  • Macon County Data Snapshot. Click here to download.
  • Automatic Adult Prosecution of Children in Cook County, Illinois, 2010-2012. Click here to read the report.
  • One Pager: Illinois Juvenile Arrests. Click here to download.
  • Issue Brief: Court Commitments of Young Drug Offenders to IDJJ. Prepared by Kanako Ishida, Policy Research Analyst of JJI. Click here to read.
  • Impact of Illinois’ Statutory Change: Mandating the Least Restrictive Alternative Standard. Prepared by Betsy Clarke, President of JJI & Lisa Jacobs, Program Manager of Illinois Models for Change Initiative. Click here for the full brief.
  • Juvenile Drug Arrests in CY2011- Disproportionate Minority ContactPrepared by Kanako Ishida, Policy Research Analyst. Click here for details and full report
  • SHIFTING AWAY FROM INCARCERATION: Fiscal Realignment Strategies to End the Mass Incarceration of Youth in the United StatesPrepared by Elizabeth Clark, President. Presented at Fifth Biennial Conference of the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) in London, Nov. 2012. Click here for the paper.
  • History of Sexting Legislation in IllinoisWritten by Elizabeth Clarke, President. Click here for the article.
  • Disproportionate Incarceration of Juvenile Drug Offenders in One StatePrepared by Elizabeth Clarke, President and Elizabeth Kooy, a former Policy Research Analyst. Click here for details and the report
  • Changing Course: A Review of First Two Years of Drug Transfer Reform in Illinois. Prepared by Elizabeth Kooy, a former Policy Research Analyst/Advocate. Click here for details and full report

Infographics and Maps

Testimony & Statement

  • Statement on the State Budget. May 2015.
  • Testimony of Elizabeth Clarke, On Access to Justice in the United States Submitted to the U.S. Government, for the NGO Consultation preceding the Universal Periodic Review and the review of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (CERD). Click here to read the testimony.
  • Reassessing Solitary Confinement:The Human Rights, Fiscal, and Public Safety Consequences. Juvenile Justice Initiative. Click here for the testimony.



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