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State Week: Report puts focus on juvenile detention centers

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Brian Mackey
NPR Illinois

Despite audit findings that raise concerns, there are questions about oversight and which agency can bring about change.

A Capitol News Illinois investigation found problems at Illinois' juvenile detention centers. There are 16 of the facilities that operate similar to adult jails.

From questions of staffing and training to excessive use of force and restraint, the facilities are under scrutiny and a lawsuit is pending. The report behind the story joins us.

Our panel features host Sean Crawford, Professor Emeritus Charlie Wheeler and Capitol News Illinois' Molly Parker, who is also an assistant professor at Southern Illinois University-Carbondale.

The former director of the Public Affairs Reporting (PAR) graduate program is Professor Charles N. Wheeler III, a veteran newsman who came to the University of Illinois at Springfield following a 24-year career at the Chicago Sun-Times.
Veteran journalist Molly Parker joined Capitol News Illinois in July 2023 as an investigative reporter.
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