Today we're checking back with a talented, charismatic young man we met a year ago as part of our series on juvenile justice, Inside and Out. At the time Marcus was struggling to graduate from 8th grade after becoming involved with a gang. He kept getting suspended from school.
Illinois has eight youth prisons.Thousands of young people are sent every year to be rehabilitated, educated, equipped with skills and to be turned away from crime before it becomes a lifestyle.Earlier this year, WBEZ's Robert Wildeboer took us to the sprawling St.
African-Americans make up 18 percent of Illinois’ youth population, but they represent over half of Illinois kids who are locked up.That discrepancy is called Disproportionate Minority Contact.Members of the Inside and Out team gathered some 200 people into a building on Chicago&rsquo
Thousands of teenagers cycle in and out of the state's eight youth prisons every year. In fact, 1,300 are locked up at any one time. So, WBEZ’s investigative team went out to find out who they are and how their time in jail affected their chances of turning their lives around.
Yesterday, a press release was sent out alerting the media to the resignation of Kurt Friedenauer, head of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Not many news outlets picked it up, but we've put together extensive coverage of juvenile justice in Illinois in our series "Inside and Out."