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Juvenile Detention Reforms Advance

Mon, 17 Mar 2014 16:26:34 CDT
By: AP

A Federal judge is reviewing a plan to address inadequate conditions at the state's juvenile detention centers. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the ACLU of Illinois jointly submitted the plan. It addresses problems outlined by a panel of experts in an investigation of the state's six juvenile detention centers. It would mandate a five-hour school day for incarcerated youths. It also stipulates student-teacher ratios of no higher than 10 to one in classes. The plan would ban the use of solitary confinement for disciplinary reasons and would require the hiring of a psychologist to oversee services for all six facilities. Mental health and security staffing levels would be increased. The plan's rollout would be enforced by court-appointed experts if it's approved.

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