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A Postive Step: IDJJ Closes Kewanee

Health & Medicine and our Court-Involved Youth Project applaud the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice's decision to close its Youth Center in Kewanee.  The difficulties in maintaining high supports and services for youth in that facility, along with the struggle to recruit and maintain quality staff, has left this facility with a high-burden of unmet needs. By closing Kewanee, not only is the IDJJ supporting its current mission of right-sizing the population in its care, but it is also ensuring that those youth who remain receive the highest level of supports and services.