The Commission is excited to report that Governor J.B. Pritzker and Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton released a new plan they say will transform the state’s juvenile justice system over the next four years. The Model — called 21st Century Illinois Transformation Model — focuses on reducing the harm of incarceration by transitioning youth to small, regional residential centers, investing significantly in community wraparound support and intervention services for justice involved youth, and increasing financial support for victim services in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence. The Commission applauds the Administration for their plan to create a juvenile justice model that moves away from punitive measures to one that focuses on strengthening Illinois’ youth, families, and communities.
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