Improving Departmental Efficiencies to Improve the Lives of Youth

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) implemented new Illinois laws and policies designed to “right-size” the juvenile justice system and help provide more efficient care. The changes: 

  • Redirects juvenile misdemeanants from IDJJ commitment and revised what constitutes a low-level offense.
  • Juveniles who are charged with adult criminal charges are now retained at the county level pending disposition of their adult case.
  • Adjust the amount of time a youth will serve on Aftercare so that it is proportional to the time an adult would spend on parole for the same crime.
  • Instituted measures to ensure consistent reporting by determining the required documents by the courts upon commitment to IDJJ.