“System Failure: Sexual Victimization in Illinois Juvenile Prisons” by John Maki
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In a recently released national study, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) found that Illinois ranked among the four worst states in the country for rates of reported sexual victimization in juvenile detention facilities. The study found that 15 percent of youth incarcerated in the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) reported they were victims of sexual assault by staff or other detained youth. The federal report points to a system failure within IDJJ that must be addressed at every level, from administration to line staff.