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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 Unveils 2015 Strategic Plan
  2. Article number 2 - IDJJ Annual Report 2014
  3. Article number 3 - IDJJ Performance Based Standards
  4. Article number 4 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Project at IYC Warrenville
  5. Article number 5 - Holiday Family Talent Showcase at IYC Chicago
  6. Article number 6 - Youth give dining room a visual improvement
  •  IDJJ Unveils 2015 Strategic PlanIDJJ Unveils 2015 Strategic Plan

    ​“Improving Youth Outcomes” outlines the Administration’s approach to strategic planning and leveraging public private partnerships in juvenile justice, and a deliberate strategy for improving public safety in the State of Illinois.  The IDJJ’s Operating Plan is the result of a six-month strategic planning initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Plan focuses on implementing a range of national best practices and evidence-based programs in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities.  Click here for the press release.

  •  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.
  •  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.
  •  Holiday Family Talent Showcase at IYC Chicago

    In December, a celebration of the season was held at the Illinois Youth Center at Chicago. Community partners and volunteer organizations worked collaboratively with staff and youth to perform a talent showcase for families that included an evening of food, fun, and talent.

  •  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.