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Welcome to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Welcome to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Featured Articles

  1. Article number 1 - IDJJ Annual Report 2014
  2. Article number 2 - U.S. Department of Education Correctional Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities
  3. Article number 3 - IDJJ Performance Based Standards
  4. Article number 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Project at IYC Warrenville
  5. Article number 5 - Christmas Show for Youth and Families at IYC Chicago
  6. Article number 6 - Youth give dining room a visual improvement
  •  IDJJ Annual Report 2014

    The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice released its first Annual Report in December of 2014.

    The Annual Report provides an overview of IDJJ; where the Department has been and where it is headed. Critical issues facing the Department are outlined, as well as the changes underway to address them.
  •  graduation ceremonyU.S. Department of Education Correctional Education in Juvenile Justice Facilities

     
    Statement from IDJJ Acting Director Candice Jones on today’s announcement of a Correctional Education Guidance Package by the U.S. Department of Education and Department of Justice:
     
    "This is an important step by the federal government to give youth involved in the justice system meaningful help with reintegrating into society. These young people matter, and if we provide them with educational and job opportunities they will do better when they return to their communities. We tell youth every day to get out of the justice system and stay out, but we all must work to provide these young people with the skills and support services that help keep them out of the justice system. Since state assistance is often based on federal guidelines, I hope more states will follow this lead and begin removing barriers to post-secondary education, to help more justice-involved youth achieve positive outcomes with educational and workforce goals. I am also optimistic that this package is the beginning of an increased federal focus on these youth."
  •  IDJJ Performance Based Standards

    The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) has partnered with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) to utilize Performance Based Standards (PBS), a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies to the highest standards for operations, programs and services. PBS was launched in 1995 by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

    The Department receives PBS reports for each of its six facilities. The reports are based on a review of internal metrics, and surveying a random sampling of youth and staff at each facility. The reports cover a range of issue, including: Health, Safety, Family Engagement, and Programming. Additionally, the reports compare the Department’s outcomes to juvenile justice agencies across the country.
  •  MLK Project WarrenvilleMartin Luther King, Jr. Project at IYC Warrenville

    The Writer’s Theatre has performed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Project at Warrenville Youth Center for the past three years.  It is a powerful, passionate performance that highlights Chicago’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement.  Youth are encouraged to participate in an educational discussion following the performance.
  •  Christmas Show for Youth and Families at IYC ChicagoChristmas Show for Youth and Families at IYC Chicago

    In December, youth performed a Christmas Show at the Illinois Youth Center at Chicago.  The collaboration between the Administration, staff, youth, and their families, made for a great event for all attendees.
  •  Youth give dining room a visual improvement

    ​Youth at the Illinois Youth Center in Kewanee put their talents to use by painting this mural in their dining room.  Youth artwork can be seen throughout the Center.