Report: Sex Abuse Plagues Illinois Youth Corrections

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A federal report shows that imprisoned Illinois youth face sexual abuse more than most other states, and the department's chief and a watchdog group are pressing for action.

The Justice Department's yearly report lists Illinois among the worst states in terms of the frequency of juveniles reporting being sexually abused by other inmates or the lockups' staffers. Only California, Georgia, Ohio, Oklahoma and South Carolina had a higher rate.

The chief of Illinois' juvenile corrections, Arthur Bishop, says a top-to-bottom review of Illinois' six juvenile centers is being planned by a team headed by what he called "two prominent experts."

The head of the Juvenile Justice Initiative watchdog group says that's a first step. But Elizabeth Clarke argues routine scrutiny by an inspector general "would be a more permanent solution."


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