Illinois youth prisons

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is moving forward with closing a youth detention center in Kewanee over objections from a bipartisan legislative oversight panel.

Agency Director Candice Jones said in a Tuesday statement that the panel's advisory vote last week is "disheartening," but it's hard to justify keeping the maximum-security facility open.

She says outcomes have been poor and the state can transition to smaller centers proven to rehabilitate youth.

Illinois To Improve Youth Prisons

Sep 12, 2012

The state of Illinois has agreed to improve conditions at youth prisons under a settlement that officials hope will avert a legal battle if a judge agrees to the deal.