A Chance to Make Headway for Kids in Trouble
"And let me just talk costs. We are now spending over a hundred million dollars to lock up about 1,400 kids acorss the state," she says. Clarke says a better...and cheaper...idea is to keep most kids in special programs in their own communities.
The Justice Initiative was a leader in the drive to raise the age at which kids charged with minor crimes are tried in adult court. Last week, Governor Pat Quinn signed a law that changes that age from 17 to 18.