juvenile justice http://wuis.org en After Some Juvenile Arrests, A Fresh Start http://wuis.org/post/after-some-juvenile-arrests-fresh-start <p>A new law will automatically clear certain arrest records for juveniles when they turn 18. It’s meant to keep arrests that did not result in criminal charges from following kids into adulthood.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/billstatus.asp?DocNum=978&amp;GAID=12&amp;GA=98&amp;DocTypeID=SB&amp;LegID=70667&amp;SessionID=85">law</a> applies only to arrests for lesser crimes — mostly non-violent. Sex offenses and top felonies will stay on the books, as will any arrest that resulted in formal criminal charges.</p> Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:00:50 +0000 Brian Mackey 26830 at http://wuis.org After Some Juvenile Arrests, A Fresh Start Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do http://wuis.org/post/legislative-recap-what-lawmakers-did-didnt-do <p>The Illinois Legislature adjourned its spring session having passed a new state budget and other key measures, but leaving some business undone. Here's a look at what passed and what didn't: &nbsp;<br />&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; BILLS SENT TO GOV. PAT QUINN: &nbsp;<br />Budget: A roughly $35.7 billion budget for 2015 keeps funding flat for schools and most state agencies. Majority Democrats acknowledged the budget is ``incomplete'' because it postpones tough votes about whether to slash spending or find new revenue until after November's election. &nbsp;</p> Mon, 02 Jun 2014 11:56:15 +0000 Bill Wheelhouse & Associated Press 26409 at http://wuis.org Legislative Recap: What Lawmakers Did & Didn't Do Illinois Considering Independent Monitor For Youth Prisons http://wuis.org/post/illinois-considering-independent-monitor-youth-prisons <p>The Illinois General Assembly is weighing the creation of a "juvenile ombudsman," an independent official who can keep an eye on the state's juvenile prisons.</p><p>The push for an ombudsman comes in the wake of a <a href="http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-06-07/news/ct-met-youth-center-sex-assaults-20130607_1_youth-prison-sexual-contact-sexual-assault">report</a> that ranks Illinois' juvenile prisons among the worst in the country for sexual abuse.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 15:18:25 +0000 Brian Mackey 13006 at http://wuis.org