Reports: Bad Conditions at Illinois Youth Homes
SPRINGFIELD, IL - Two separate reports, recently released, detail several issues inside juvenile detention centers in Illinois. Last year the state was sued for inadequate conditions in the centers.
The first report, submitted in federal court as part of the settlement, describes incarcerated teens mowing lawns during the school day, being improperly medicated and being routinely subjected to more solitary confinement than necessary.
The John Howard Association, a watchdog group is releasing a separate review on conditions at a Kewanee facility specializing in treatment for juveniles with mental health issues.
Juvenile detention centers house more than 800 inmates between the ages of 13 and 20.
The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice says it is addressing the problems.