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Illinois Lieutenant Governor Seeks To ‘Infuse Love’ In Juvenile Justice System

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Joe Gratz
Illinois is touting a new vision for juvenile justice. Leaders say the changes they’re making will “completely overhaul the state’s juvenile justice system in the next four years.”

Earlier this month, when Illinois Lt. Gov. Juliana Stratton announced a plan to overhaul the state’s juvenile justice system, she repeatedly used a word that stood out to ProPublica reporter Duaa Eldeib.

“I've written about juvenile justice issues for years,” Eldeib tweeted, “but even I was surprised to hear the repeated use of the word ‘love.’”

The state’s plan is focused on moving incarcerated children from prison-like settings to dorm-like regional residential centers, and it’s being described as a sea change for the state. On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Sarah Fenske spoke with Eldeib about her reporting on Illinois’ plan and how it may have been influenced by what’s known as the Missouri Model.

St. Louis on the Air” brings you the stories of St. Louis and the people who live, work and create in our region. The show is hosted by Sarah Fenske and produced by Alex Heuer, Emily Woodbury, Evie Hemphill and Lara Hamdan. The audio engineer is Aaron Doerr.

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