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Measurable Progress: A Summary of Illinois Juvenile Justice Reforms

Published Oct 1, 2012, Various

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This report summarizes some of the key changes in juvenile justice law, policy and practice that have taken place in Illinois during the period 2005 – 2012. These changes have accelerated over the life of the project and include a reduction in secure confinement and greater reliance on community-based alternatives, improved strategies and tools for juvenile justice planning and decision-making at both the state and local levels, expanded juvenile court jurisdiction, and extensive legislative and practice changes around issues as diverse as data collection and analysis, transfer, screening and assessment, indigent defense, restorative justice, diversion, and sentencing.


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Models for Change was a juvenile justice systems reform initiative supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.