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Editorial: Teen Alternatives to Jail Good for All

It's not every day that a state legislature working to trim the budget could be making life much better for those on whom we traditionally have spent a lot of money. But that seems to be the case with an Illinois law that will go into effect Jan. 1 requiring the courts to consider whether treatment within a youthful offender's community is a better option than sending him or her to a youth prison.

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