ACLU, Illinois DJJ Move Forward on Remedial Plan by Ed Finkel
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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice and the American Civil Liberties Union have reached agreement on a comprehensive remedial plan to address the issues first raised in a September 2012 lawsuit and confirmed in a December 2012 consent decree signed by both parties.
The plan to reform how the department handles mental health, confinement, community placement, safety issues and education services, approved by U.S. Judge Matthew Kennelly on April 7, is the latest step forward in the resolution of the lawsuit RJ vs. Bishop. Many of the specific provisions were informed by a series of expert reports that were made public last September and addressed numerous systemic deficiencies.