Prison a revolving door for many teens

“Prison a revolving door for many teens” by Emily Hatton

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Juvenile detention, release, re-arrest, juvenile detention—this is a cycle that nearly half of the children in the Illinois justice system are expected to go through this year.

More than 40 percent of youth are estimated to re-enter prison in 2013, according to the latest Illinois state budget proposal. And each time a young person goes into detention the chance of him or her being detained again increases, said Chris Bernard, program coordinator at Cook County Justice Advisory Council.