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Judge Sets Juvenile Detention Trial Date

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A federal judge has set a trial date in a case against the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center.

The jail has been plagued by allegations of abuse and sexual misconduct by employees.

Since 2002, the American Civil Liberties Union and the detention center have been working with a court-appointed monitor to solve the problems.

The two sides have been unable to reach an agreement.

Harvey Grossman with the ACLU says the trial is long overdue.

""There have been three years in which the county has had an opportunity to bring the facility up to consitutional standards,"" he says. ""They have grossly failed in their meager efforts to do that, and we’re hoping that the judge, after hearing the eveidence, will promptly order a remedy that brings some measure of safety to our clients.""

Grossman says the safety of kids is threated every day that the court fails to take action.

County lawyers were pushing for a later trial date.

Both sides say they will continue working towards an agreement before opening statements April 18.”

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