Illinois Supreme Court Considering Limits On Handcuffs, Shackles For Juveniles

Jun 23, 2016


The Illinois Supreme Court is considering a new rule to limit the use of handcuffs and shackles during juvenile delinquency hearings.

The proposal would allow restraints on a minor only if a judge finds the youth is likely to hurt someone or escape.

The Supreme Court’s Rules Committee will take testimony on the proposed change at a July 8 hearing in Chicago.

Among the supporters of the change is the Illinois Justice Project, where Era Laudermilk is deputy director. She spoke about juvenile shackling with reporter Brian Mackey.

A version of this story was broadcast on Illinois Edition​ on June 22, 2016.