New Release: IDJJ Youth Reentry Report

Today, the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released the “Youth Reentry Improvement Report” with findings and recommendations for increasing the likelihood that young offenders will succeed after their release from state youth prisons.

A fact sheet about the report and the compete report can be found here.

Before making these recommendations, the Commission conducted an extensive study of how decisions are made in the state’s reentry system, which includes the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the Prisoner Review Board (PRB), and parole officers with the Department of Corrections. Commission members observed 237 PRB hearings and found that parole hearings were rushed, often perfunctory and relied heavily on summary information presented by DJJ. The Commission also reviewed the incarceration, clinical, and parole history of 386 youth whose parole was revoked between December 1, 2009 and May 31, 2010 to determine the extent of screening and services received both inside DJJ and while on parole.

The study concluded that the state’s juvenile reentry system is broken but not beyond repair.

You can listen to a WBEZ story about the report.

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