Illinois Youth Prison To Convert To Adult Facility
Lawmakers and advocates are cheering the decision to convert Kewanee Youth Center into a facility for adult inmates.
Kewanee Youth Center was slated for closure.
The Department of Juvenile Justice estimates that half the state’s young offenders are from Cook County -- and believes detention facilities should be located close to family and jobs.
Elizabeth Clarke with the Juvenile Justice Initiative says the Western Illinois facility will help ease severe overcrowding issues.