Keeping Youths From Behind Bars

source: WBEZ

source: WBEZ

Illinois’ juvenile prison count has been dropping and that’s good news on several counts.

It’s one measure of the success of a program called Redeploy Illinois, which works to treat youths in their communities.

And Redeploy’s success is critical. Why?

Because it can cost on average about $10,000 a year to help a youth in this community effort –  one-tenth the state’s cost for a youth in a juvenile prison.

Youths coming out of Redeploy Illinois also have a lower rate of recidivism.

So, what’s happening in Cook County?

We’ll talk about this at our panel & news forum on juvenile justice, Thursday, April 17.


Violence and Criminal Justice: What Needs Fixing?

How the courts, detention, prison, and probation systems impact  individuals and communities snared by violence.

Who should come: Journalists and journalism students who want to dig deeper into the issue of violence in Chicago.

Why: After a brief panel discussion with legal, mental health and prison experts, you will get “speed-dating” interview time to report stories.

When: 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, April 17

Where: Columbia College Chicago 1104 S. Wabash Ave., 8th Floor

Who: This a joint effort of the Community Media Workshop and Strengthening Chicago’s Youth, an effort of Lurie Children’s Hospital.

Speakers include:

  • Father David Kelly, Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation
  • Elizabeth Clarke, Juvenile Justice Initiative
  • Julie Biehl, Children and Family Justice Center, 
Northwestern Law School
  • Elena Quintana, Adler School of Professional Psychology
  • Charles Perry, Westside Health Authority
  • Tony Lowery, Safer Foundation


For more information contact Steve Franklin, Community Media Workshop,, o) 312-369-6400, cell) 773-595-8667

Our website explains our project on youth violence and the media:

Questions? Thoughts?

Talk to me – digame




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