Illinois Raise the Age Report…

From the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission (IJJC) recently released a report urging state policymakers to reclassify 17-year-olds as juveniles within the state’s legal system.

While a 2010 General Assembly act shifted the state’s 17-year-old misdemeanants to juvenile court jurisdictions, young people of the same age who commit felonies are automatically transferred to Illinois’ adult system.

“To promote a juvenile justice system focused on public safety, youth rehabilitation, fairness and fiscal responsibility,” the report reads, “Illinois should immediately adopt legislation expanding the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds charged with felonies.”

The IJJC suggested the state alter its policies and raise the adult court jurisdictional age to 18 for both misdemeanor and felony offenses.

Read more here.

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