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What if it Were Your Child?

Jan 1, 2011, By Mark Hassikis, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, and Lisa Jacobs, Illinois Models for Change, Illinois Bar Journal

What would the juvenile justice system look like if we knew our sons, daughters, and grandchildren would go through it? Remember the really stupid things you did as a teenager? If pressed, virtually every ISBA member would have to admit to reckless if not sometimes dangerous or even very serious mistakes we made as young people. Many of us privately take solace that our worst misdeeds weren't exposed. Or, if our "bad" act was discovered, we can remember being held accountable by our families,…

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