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Youth prison abuse in Illinois one of worst in nation

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Youth prison abuse in Illinois one of worst in nation

Last month a federal report named Illinois as one of the worst in the nation when it comes to reported sexual victimization inside its youth prisons. The report was a shock to juvenile justice advocates and Illinois officials, who have promised action in response to the findings. State lawmakers have gotten involved as well, and planned an emergency hearing of a state House committee at the end of July to investigate the high levels of reported sexual abuse. Today prison reformer John Maki, former Judge George Timberlake and juvenile justice head Arthur Bishop talk about why the reported levels of abuse were so high, and what can be done to make sure the problem is addressed. (Photo:Illinois department of juvenile justice)

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