Reports: Bad Conditions Linger at Youth Homes

By: AP
By: AP

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- A year after Illinois was sued and reached a settlement over inadequate conditions in its juvenile detention centers, two separate reports are detailing a number of conditions that the authors say must change.

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.

Watchdog group the John Howard Association is releasing a separate review Thursday 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.


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