llinois Commission: Juvenile Justice System Fails to Rehabilitate, Costly


Illinois’ juvenile justice system is failing to rehabilitate offenders and help them return to life in their communities, says a state commission study due out today reported by the Chicago Tribune. More than half of the people released from state juvenile facilities are later incarcerated in the juvenile system, says the llinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

The report says the juvenile 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. Incarcerating a juvenile offender for one year in a state facility costs more than $86,000. Community-based rehabilitation programs the report says are more effective cost $3,000 to $8,000 per person a year.

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