Newsbrief: Illinois Juvenile Drug Courts Given a Green Light 6/28/02

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Legislation giving the go-ahead for individual circuit courts to establish programs to allow juvenile drug offenders to go through treatment in lieu of imprisonment was signed into law by Gov. Ryan on Monday.

Illinois has seen success with its statewide program for adults convicted of non-violent drug offenses, officials said. This new plan would allow the highest judge in each circuit to set up special court treatment programs that would include counseling and drug testing. If a prosecutor and judge agree to it, a nonviolent juvenile who would otherwise be sent to a detention sent can instead enter into a treatment program. According to the Chicago Tribune, the adult program has allowed for some downsizing of the judicial system in the Chicago-area Cook County.

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