“Looking at the Odds for Illinois’ Youngest Offenders – and the Efforts to Arrest Recidivism” Emily Hatton, Lauren Lindstrom and Ally Mutnick
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The number of youth who exit Illinois state detention centers and find themselves right back in one soon after has decreased in recent years. But the rate remains stubbornly high and is projected be above 40 percent in 2013. It is true that the number of minors incarcerated across the nation has dropped. Here in Illinois the decline has been significant – upward of 36 percent since the early 2000s, but critics still say the justice system is broken, heavily skewed against minorities and failing to treat youth as even the United States Supreme Court has ruled they should be – as youth, not adults.