juvenile detention

Worst youth prison getting worse

Mar 26, 2015
Peoria Public Radio

Experts say Illinois’ most troubled youth prison isn’t getting any better despite repeated assurances from state officials. 

Cook County leaders are sending the state of Illinois a big bill. They want the state to pay them back for the money they spend holding state wards in juvenile jail after a judge has said they’re free to go.  

Illinois lawmakers continue to negotiate a bill to ban minors from receiving life sentences in prison. It comes nearly a year after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the practice unconstitutional.