Juvenile Justice Project

The John Howard Association's Juvenile Justice Project monitors the eight Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice facilities as they strive to transition from a punitive to a therapeutic and rehabilitative model. Based on our findings we advocate for reforms that will ensure Illinois’ incarcerated youth are receiving proper education, therapy, rehabilitative programming, and humane treatment while incarcerated. We adhere to the principle that youth are fundamentally different than adults, and work toward changes in our criminal justice and corrections systems that recognize those differences.

JHA's most recent report


The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative, Models for Change, has funded the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) to monitor IDJJ’s facilities.


The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative, Models for Change, has funded the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) to monitor IDJJ’s facilities.
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