“Illinois House committee holds emergency hearing on reported youth prison sex abuse“ by Patrick Smith
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State Rep. La Shawn Ford (D-Chicago) has called for an emergency hearing of his Restorative Justice Committee to address high levels of reported sexual abuse inside Illinois youth prisons.
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Director Arthur Bishop is expected to attend the committee meeting, where he will face questions about a June federal report that named Illinois as one of the worst states when it comes to reported sexual abuse in its youth prisons.
Lawmakers say they want to ask Bishop what went wrong and what he is doing to fix it.