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ACLU Says County's Putting Kids in Jeopardy

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The Cook County government isn’t living up to its promises to reform its youth jail.

That’s according to documents filed in federal court by the American Civil Liberties Union.

Chicago Public Radio’s Sonari Glinton has more.

For the last few years Cook County has been in court over the Juvenile Detention Center.

A variety of government agencies and other organizations have been investigating almost facet of the center...from finance to hiring to how kids are treated.

Now the American Civil Liberties Union is asking a federal judge take over control of the center.

The ACLU’s Ben Wolf says Cook County officials have not kept a series of promises to make reforms at the juvenile jail.

In a statement President Todd Stroger says improving conditions at the center is a top priority for his administration.

The statement goes on to say that allegations of abuse and mismanagement are old and don’t reflect the current state of affairs at the Juvenile Detention Center.

I’m Sonari Glinton, Chicago Public Radio
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