Union County State's Attorney's Office

WSIL: Justice Council Cracking Down on Youth Crime

CARBONDALE —  Statistics show more young people are committing crimes. In 2011, more than 34,000 kids between the ages of ten and 16 were arrested in Illinois. Of that group, 86 percent were rearrested within three years. And that number continues to climb.

The First Circuit Juvenile Council wants to help kids in our community. They say often when a child gets in trouble with the law, it starts a pattern that will continue for years. So, they’re looking to change the way the system works.

Attorneys, judges, education leaders, and police fill the Carbondale Civic Center Friday to discuss problems facing local youth.

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