In America, crime among the juvenile population is an ongoing problem. As juvenile crimes continue to rise, Illinois and many states are making changes, as recent data continues to indicate that the juvenile justice system may be outdated and inadequate. It is becoming more and more apparent that the criminal justice system is in need of reform for both juveniles and adults, and Illinois may be getting ready to undergo positive changes.
As Gov.-elect Pritzker takes office, criminal justice reform remains a primary initiative. According to reports, the new governor is moving forward with plans for an agency to address the way Illinois handles criminal justice. The agency will be known as the Office of Criminal Justice Reform and Economic Opportunity. The agency’s focus will be on preventing people from entering the justice system and on delivering services that people need.
It is expected that the new agency will also focus on juvenile justice. Although great strides have been made for reforming juvenile justice, the president of Juvenile Justice Initiative in Illinois says more needs to be done and this is a hopeful moment as the state looks at criminal justice reform on a broad scale. The supported juvenile justice reform measures include raising the age of juvenile court from 17 to 21 and a ban on detaining children under 13 years of age, among others.
Being charged with a crime can have drastic impacts on any person. However, receiving a criminal charge at an early age can ruin a person’s life. In Illinois, those who have been charged with juvenile crimes have the right to seek legal representation. A knowledgeable attorney can provide guidance and determine a strategy to achieve the best possible outcome.