Petition Closed
Petitioning Governor of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn

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

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.

Letter to
Governor of Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
We stand with you in support of your recommendation to close IYC-Murphysboro and IYC-Joliet.

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.

According to an analysis of state records by the Juvenile Justice Initiative the average daily population for youth prisons in the state was 1,113 in fiscal year 2011, down from 1,603 in fiscal year 2005 and 1,192 in fiscal year 2011. The same analysis estimates operation costs for the facilities as $92,257 per bed for fiscal year 2011.

Now is the right time to close these facilities. We believe that alternatives to incarceration are more effective and less costly to address youth crime. We hope that you will redirect the funds saved by closing these youth prisons to community-based alternatives. We thank you for your steadfast leadership in this area.
Sincerely,