Keeping Youths From Behind Bars


photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz

photo by Carlos Javier Ortiz

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.

Speakers include:

  • • 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,, o) 312.369.67400, cell 773 595 8667

Our website explains our project on youth violence and the media:

Questions? Thoughts?

Talk to me – digame


Written by on April 11, 2014

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