Experts say Illinois youth prisons need independent ombudsman” by Patrick Smith
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The chair of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission says Gov. Pat Quinn must act quickly to protect kids in the state’s youth prisons. Retired Judge George Timberlake says incarcerated youth need to be able to complain safely to an independent government employee. “When we created the Department of Juvenile Justice, one of the fundamental ideas was an ombudsman, and that didn’t happen. So that’s something that can be almost immediately created,” Timberlake said.