Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction

The future of 17-year-olds in Illinois' justice system

Legislation signed in 2009 (Public Act 095-1031) provided that 17-year-olds charged with misdemeanors would move from adult to juvenile court jurisdiction effective January 1, 2010. The legislation also mandated the state study the impact of the new law and make recommendations concerning raising the juvenile court age to 17 for felony charges. Subsequent legislation (Public Act 096-1199) directed the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to study and present findings to the legislature.

The resulting report, Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction, is available in its entirety here.

The Fact Sheet for the report is here.

The study's Executive Summary and Recommendations are available here.

The Commission's Press Release on the report is available here.