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Quinn Issues Partial Rebuke Of Juvenile Justice Report

Fri, 27 Sep 2013 06:52:34 CDT
By: AP

Gov. Pat Quinn says he hasn't seen a report released yesterday that details inadequate conditions at juvenile detention centers, but Illinois has made ``important strides'' with fewer juveniles incarcerated. Quinn told reporters Illinois has to have a system where young people who make mistakes pay their debt and face consequences. He says if the report raises issues, they'll be looked at. Watchdog group the John Howard Association released a review on conditions at a Kewanee (kee-WAH'-nee) facility specializing in treatment for juveniles with mental health issues. Another report was submitted in federal court as part of the settlement. It describes incarcerated teens mowing lawns during the school day and being routinely subjected to more solitary confinement than necessary. Juvenile detention centers house more than 800 juvenile inmates.

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