Reforming Juvenile Justice in Illinois: A matter of compassion in justice
Let’s interrupt the “preschool to prison” conduit of mass incarceration! In Illinois, young people arrested for nonviolent alleged offenses face a difficult road: As young as 10 years old, they will be jailed for up to 40 hours (excluding weekends and holidays) before an initial hearing, with the support of no mandated youth services. In her charge to represent the needs of families, Rep Robyn Gabel has introduced a suite of bills aimed at changing that trajectory: raising the minimum age of detention to 13 years (HB4336); limiting the time of detention to 24 hours including weekends and holidays (HB4473); and establishing services that allow detention to be a last resort, along with implementing youth support services to prevent deeper criminal involvement (HB4543).
Click HERE to urge your state representative to support compassionate treatment of our youngest offenders to help them change the direction of their young lives.