Juvenile Crimes: New data supports reform in Illinois

It’s no secret that crime among youth is an ongoing problem in the United States. Illinois and many other states have recognized the need for reform in order to reduce juvenile crimes. Studies have shown that youth may benefit more from rehabilitation rather than detention. According to recent data, newly implemented changes are making an impact across the state.

Data complied by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission shows that nearly 500 fewer juveniles were detained in Illinois in 2017 than in 2016. This equates to about a 5 percent decline. But what is causing the decline in juvenile detention? Supporters say that those who are involved in the juvenile justice system are finally recognizing problems associated with the overuse of detention among the youth population.

Just last year, Cook County passed an ordinance ending detention for youth under the age of 12. The Juvenile Justice Initiative in Illinois is working toward financial initiatives to help counties across the state develop community-based reform programs aimed at rehabilitating troubled youth. One State Representative says that it is very important to consider better treatment and reform to improve the lives of juvenile offenders.

More and more studies are indicating that the juvenile justice system in America is outdated and does little to improve the lives of juvenile offenders. A person should not receive a lifetime of punishment for making a mistake while he or she is technically a child. Those who have been charged with juvenile crimes in Illinois have rights, such as the right to seek legal representation. An experienced litigator can provide much-needed guidance and determine a strategy for achieving the best possible outcome.