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Illinois Supreme Court Considering Limits On Handcuffs, Shackles For Juveniles


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.

Brian Mackey formerly reported on state government and politics for NPR Illinois and a dozen other public radio stations across the state. Before that, he was A&E editor at The State Journal-Register and Statehouse bureau chief for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin.
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