Illinois’ juvenile justice system is failing, state reports
Illinois’ juvenile justice system is failing to rehabilitate offenders and help them return to life in their communities, according to a state commission’s study to be released Tuesday.
More than half of the people released from state Department of Juvenile Justice facilities are later incarcerated again in the juvenile system, according to the study by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
The report also says the state’s juvenile justice system “is, in many ways, the ‘feeder system’ to the adult criminal justice system and a cycle of crime, victimization and incarceration.”
The commission was ordered by law to develop recommendations to help youth offenders successfully transition back into their communities. The commission’s members found a system that is in desperate need of an overhaul, said its chairman, Judge George W. Timberlake, retired chief judge of the 2nd Judicial Circuit.