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Public News Service - IL: Juvenile Justice

Young people in urban areas say things they're afraid of include police interactions, community violence and lack of food. (Tatiyana Carter)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A study done by youth researchers cites fear as a major barrier to wellness for students of color. Youth of color represent the fastest growing segment of the United States' child population, and, according to America's Promise Alliance, fear and less access to opportuniti

Work continues in Illinois to keep young offenders out of adult court. (peoriacountyjic.org)

EVANSTON, Ill. — An awards ceremony will be held Thursday night to honor those who work tirelessly to defend the rights of young people in the Illinois criminal justice system. A lot of progress has been made in Illinois, said Elizabeth Clarke, director at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, in

Reform advocates are praising a new Illinois law that expands a requirement that children be represented by lawyers during police interrogations for serious crimes. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - An Illinois juvenile-justice reform group says the state's new law to provide lawyers to more young offenders is a good start. According to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Gov. Bruce Rauner has advanced justice for children by signing Senate Bill 2370 into law. The move raises

On the 50th anniversary of the Miranda warnings decision, legal scholars say Illinois is slowly making improvements to how young people's rights are being protected by the juvenile justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Today marks 50 years since the U.S. Supreme Court made Miranda warnings mandatory, and legal experts say Illinois is taking small but positive steps in bolstering those rights for young people accused of crimes. The Miranda ruling states every person must be informed of h

New research shows thousands of mothers across the country have been stepping up as effective advocates for changes in the juvenile-justice system. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As families celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, a new report says thousands will be feeling the pain of separation instead because a child is behind bars. The "Mothers at the Gate" report from the Institute for Policy Studies details how some family members are challenging the

A new report shows young people who've been arrested have a harder time getting their juvenile records destroyed in Illinois than other states. This includes youth who've never been convicted of a crime. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New research shows only a fraction of a percent of juvenile arrest records in Illinois get expunged, which could be a public safety risk. Juvenile justice advocates say heavy-handed state laws make it almost impossible for young people to erase a record through the expungement

Some Illinois lawmakers are considering requiring a lawyer to be present for youths who are interrogated by police. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Young people accused of crimes in Illinois soon could have new protections that their advocates believe will help cut down on false confessions. State lawmakers are in Chicago today discussing Senate Bill 2370, which would extend the right to a lawyer to youths ages 13 to 17 who are in po

A panel of juvenile-justice experts is rethinking Illinois' youth court system. (iStockphoto)

CHICAGO - Illinois once again could become a national leader in juvenile-justice reforms. That's the idea behind a hearing today in Chicago, where experts will be talking about how the state can help keep young adults who break the law from reoffending. State Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, is holding

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