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.

Vital Statistics
Population: 32
Capacity: 76
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)

Key Observations

  • 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.

Read JHA's 2014 report here.
Read JHA's 2013 report here.
Read JHA 2012 report here.
Read JHA's 2011 report here. (PDF)

JHA's Juvenile Justice Project is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Illinois Models for Change Initiative.

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