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Taking Responsibility for Youth Justice

Apr 12, 2010, Elizabeth Clarke, President, Juvenile Justice Initiative, Chicago Tribune

Tribune readers should have been shocked to learn that more than 10 percent of the youths in state prisons have served their sentences but remain locked up because the state agency responsible for transitioning them back into community life has failed them. The article ("Freed from prison, some juveniles have no place to go," April 1, 2010) highlights the appalling inefficiency and lack of direction in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Four years ago, concern about the high…

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Reform areas: Community-based alternatives

States: Illinois