IYC-Warrenville is Illinois' medium and maximum-security girls facility. The facility is located approximately 45 minutes from downtown Chicago, in Dupage County.
Read JHA's 2014 report here.
Average Age: 16.6
Average Length of Stay: 4.5 months
Cost per Inmate: $208,377
Adjudicated in Cook County: 28%
Population by Race: 56% Black, 28% White, and 16% Hispanic. Source: IDJJ
(Source: IDJJ, 2013)
- Small secure confinement facilities like Warrenville provide youth with greater rehabilitative opportunities than larger youth prisons. However, most delinquent youth in Illinois would be better off in community-based treatment settings, rather than secure confinement facilities, as they pose little risk to public safety, and community-based treatment is proven to be far less costly and far more effective at promoting rehabilitation and reducing recidivism than secure confinement.
- All youth at Warrenville are assigned to a mental health staff member’s caseload and receive individualized mental health treatment, regardless of their diagnosis or mental health history. Warrenville youth reported feeling more supported, cared for, and nurtured as a result of working with individually-assigned mental health staff. This practice should be used at all IDJJ facilities as it has fostered a safer, less punitive, and more rehabilitative environment.
- Illinois needs to shorten the length of time that youth are under parole supervision, reduce the number of youth re-incarcerated for technical parole violations, and provide more placement options for youth approved for release on parole, to prevent unduly prolonging incarceration of youth in IDJJ facilities.
- IDJJ’s grievance system is ineffective, unreliable, and needs to be restructured. In place of the current grievance system, modeled on adult correctional facilities, IDJJ should implement an age/developmentally appropriate, gender-responsive juvenile grievance system to ensure that youth have a fair, full, meaningful opportunity to raise and resolve grievances, with oversight by an independent third-party ombudsman.
JHA's Juvenile Justice Project is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Illinois Models for Change Initiative.