A New Study Suggests Removing Juvenile Offenders from Sex Registries

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A commission studying juvenile sex offenders says providing effective treatment in Illinois might require spending in different areas, not new money.

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission released its study Tuesday on juvenile sex crimes. It also says requiring juveniles to register for sex-offender registries is counter-productive and the Legislature should end the practice.

Commission member Lisa Jacobs is from the Models for Change juvenile justice initiative. She says specialized treatment for juveniles that keeps them in their homes and out of prison is best for most offenders. It's not available everywhere in Illinois but might only require shifting spending priorities.

The commission says officials should focus on making sure courts and probation offices use standard practices for assessing youth offenders to get them the right treatment.

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