This is the Right Time To Close IYC-Murphysboro and IYC-Joliet! Thanks Governor Quinn.
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This is the Right Time To Close IYC-Murphysboro and IYC-Joliet! Thanks Governor Quinn.

    1. Petition by

      Mariame Kaba

      Chicago, IL

At an average cost of $90,000 per juvenile per year, and a 50% recidivism rate, the Illinois juvenile prison system must be overhauled. Unlike the overcrowding in Illinois adult prisons, the state’s eight juvenile prisons are at roughly 70% capacity. Governor Quinn has recommended closing two Illinois youth prisons by July 2012. This will save the state over $17 million and will ultimately increase community safety. Please let Governor Quinn know that you support this recommendation and ask him to stand firm in closing these youth prisons.

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    • Emily Foster CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Incarceration is not the answer to trauma, poverty, and racism

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    • Laurie Schaffner CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      Very very few young people need secure detention, and only for a very brief time. We could close all youth detention centers in Illinois at implement a restorative justice approach with young people that could address keeping youth safe from harm.

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    • Maribeth Dura PEORIA, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      youth should be rehabilitated in the community or in an unlocked facility. For what it costs to house kids in prison..millions of dollars could be put toward community based services and help get the State out of debt.

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    • Consuella Brown CALUMET PARK, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      This just makes sound fiscal sense

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    • Benjamin Graham CHICAGO, IL
      • over 2 years ago

      When a young person perpetrates a crime, it is a critical teachable moment. Adolescents must be held accountable for their actions, but policies that create trigger-happy incarceration only psychologically brand a young person as a criminal, perpetuating a cycle. And the structural racism of the courts has been demonstrated, time and time again, at every level of the judicial process.

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