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Illinois Governor Announces Plan to Close Two Juvenile Prisons

February 28, 2012

juvenile-detention-reform_closed-signGovernor Pat Quinn plans to move children out of Illinois’ juvenile prisons and save the state nearly 24 million dollars a year. If the plan is enacted, llinois would join 17 other states that have closed juvenile prisons; together, these states have closed more than 50 facilities in the past four years. (Check out NJJN’s “Bringing Youth Home,” which summarizes these closures and contains recommendations for doing it right.)

The facilities are being closed because they serve fewer youth and because many of the youth can be served more cheaply and effectively in the community. According to the Chicago Tribune, “[Illinois’] eight juvenile centers house fewer than 1,100 young people at an average cost of about $85,000 a year per youth.” Elizabeth Clarke, director of the statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative (an NJJN member), says those numbers will continue to shrink, thanks to Redeploy Illinois.

 

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