State's youth prison system violates inmates' rights, experts say

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Illinois’ youth prison system is violating the constitutional rights of inmates by failing to provide adequate mental health care and education and by unnecessarily keeping youths in solitary confinement, three court-appointed experts found this week.

Their findings, part of a federal class-action lawsuit brought last year by the ACLU of Illinois, set the stage for negotiations between ACLU attorneys and the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice on a plan to fix the shortcomings.