Plan advanced to improve conditions in juvenile justice facilities by ACLU-IL
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Conditions and services for young persons detained at six state-run juvenile justice facilities across Illinois will dramatically improve under a plan filed in court late last week. The agreed plan was jointly filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois ( ACLU ) and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice ( DJJ ) in R.J. v. Jones, a lawsuit filed by the ACLU in September 2012 to improve conditions at these facilities.
Numerous reports, including this past fall by the R.J. court-appointed experts, have uncovered inadequate conditions faced by youth at the facilities over many years. If the judge approves the proposed plan, conditions will be improved in five areas long defined as problematic.