Gov. Pritzker announces new community-based approach to juvenile justice

Gov. Pritzker announces new community-based approach to juvenile justice
Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton announced a new community-based approach to juvenile justice. (Source: Governor JB Pritzker/Facebook)

CHICAGO, Ill. (KFVS) - Governor JB Pritzker and Lieutenant Governor Juliana Stratton announced a new community-based approach to juvenile justice.

They were at the New Life Community Church in Chicago at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 31.

The new plan will transform the state’s juvenile justice system over the next four years. You can click here to read more about the plan.

Governor Pritzker said it focuses on reducing the harm of incarceration by transitioning youth to small, regional residential centers, investing 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.

“An essential tenet of good governance is recognizing the need to change the laws that have failed the people they serve – some by design. It means doing everything in our power to reverse the tide,” said Governor JB Pritzker. “It’s in that spirit that over the next four years, my administration is transforming our juvenile justice system from one that disproportionately harms Black youth, families and communities to a nation-leading, restorative and therapeutic model that supports all Illinois youth, families and communities more equitably. We’ve developed this model based on decades of research – and I’m particularly proud that here in Illinois, we will be working directly with youth and families who have been impacted by the system as it has existed for years.”

Phase I will mark the beginning of increased community investment in wraparound support, intervention services, and reentry programs for justice involved youth. Additional investments are planned for victim services in communities that are disproportionately impacted by violence and disinvestment.

Phase II and III, expected to start in 2021, will continue the regional reinvestments and start the process of transferring DJJ’s larger facilities to the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Governor Pritzker will also tour an area food drive in Downers Grove at 1 p.m. on Friday.

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