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Quinn: Juvenile justice has made great strides

CHICAGO (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says he hasn't seen a report released Thursday that details inadequate conditions at juvenile detention centers, but Illinois has made "important strides" with fewer juveniles incarcerated.

Quinn told reporters Thursday that Illinois has to have a system where young people who make mistakes pay their debt and face consequences. He says if the report raises issues, they'll be looked at.

Watchdog group the John Howard Association released a review Thursday on conditions at a Kewanee (kee-WAH'-nee) facility specializing in treatment for juveniles with mental health issues.

Another report was submitted in federal court as part of the settlement. It describes incarcerated teens mowing lawns during the school day and being routinely subjected to more solitary confinement than necessary.

Juvenile detention centers house more than 800 juvenile inmates.

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