Decarcerate Illinois

We call on lawmakers to end our reliance on incarceration, reduce the need for such a crippling corrections budget and improve public safety. We support Illinois prison closures and support efforts to swiftly reduce Illinois' record-high prison population. Illinois must instead invest in prison alternatives, community-based services and support for people after incarceration.

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New Special Report on Prosecuting Children in Adult Courts

Apr 29, 2015 | J Freely

The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) just released a Special Report on the Automatic Adult Prosecution of Children in Cook County. Get it here!

Here is JJI’s new Special Report detailing why automatic prosecution of children as adults is harmful.

Illinois should restore authority over whether a child under 18 should be tried in adult crimi-nal court to juvenile court judges. This will bring Illinois in line with the majority of states, and will ensure better outcomes for children, for victims, for taxpayers, and for public safety.

If you think children deserve individualized hearings before being tried please join our campaign.

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