Illinois’ juvenile prison count has been dropping and that’s good news on several counts.
It’s one measure of the success of a program called Redeploy Illinois, which works to treat youths in their communities.
And Redeploy’s success is critical. Why?
Because it can cost on average about $10,000 a year to help a youth in this community effort – one-tenth the state’s cost for a youth in a juvenile prison.
Youths coming out of Redeploy Illinois also have a lower rate of recidivism.
So, what’s happening in Cook County?
We’ll talk about this at our workshop on Justice and Juvenile Crime, on Thursday, April 17.
Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?
How the courts, detention, prison, and probation systems impact individuals and communities snared by violence.
Who should come: Journalists and journalism students, who want to dig deeper into the issue of violence in Chicago.
Why: After a brief panel discussion, with legal, mental health and prison experts, you will get “speed-dating” interview time to report stories.
When: 10 to noon Thursday, April 17
Where: Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor
Who: This a joint effort of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.
- • Father David Kelly, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
- Elizabeth Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative
- Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center, Northwestern Law School
- Elena Quintana, Adler School of Professional Psychology
- Charles Perry, Westside Health Authority
- Tony Lowery, Safer Foundation
- For more information: Steve Franklin, Community Media Workshop, firstname.lastname@example.org, o) 312.369.67400, cell 773 595 8667
Our website explains our project on youth violence and the media: http://www.chicagoistheworld.org/notalone/
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