Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice hosts states working toward juvenile justice reform

“IDJJ is hosting cohorts of juvenile justice administrators and practitioners from other states because of its designation as a National Promising Practice site. The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown, the Center for Children’s Law & Policy, and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators have formed a collaborative to reduce the use of isolation and promote best practices for young people involved in the juvenile justice system. The collaborative receives applications from jurisdictions seeking to improve their practices and matches them with designated promising practice sites like IDJJ for site visits, peer coaching and technical assistance.

Promising practice sites are selected for demonstrating effective, youth-and-family-centered policies and practices; success in eliminating the use of solitary confinement as a punishment, and reduction of the use of isolation. IDJJ was first named a National Promising Practice site in 2021 and was again designated as a promising practice site in 2022. Thus far, the Department has hosted practitioners from Arizona, Wisconsin, Georgia and Oklahoma.”

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