Two hundred jobs could soon be lost in Kewanee. Friday the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice announced the closing of the youth correctional facility by July first, saying the closing will save money, improve rehabilitation for young offenders, and improve community safety.
The youth prison opened in 2001 and several years ago, improvements were made to house maximum security offenders. Its overall capacity is 350, but last year it housed an average of 180 young people.
The department says the current count is just 95.