In the past nine years, Illinois has cut the number of incarcerated youth 62 percent and shifted support to more community-based resources. The shift comes amid a growing nationwide consensus that juveniles do not benefit from adultlike incarceration. In Illinois, it was reinforced by the 2012 resolution of a federal class action lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice brought by the American Civil Liberties Union Last February, Gov. Bruce Rauner promised to reduce the state's overall . . .
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