Juvenile Justice Project

The John Howard Association's Juvenile Justice Project monitors all 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.

To read reports written on Illinois' juvenile facilities, please click here.  To read reports on special topics, please click here.