Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

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The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is a state agency of Illinois, headquartered in Springfield.[1] The department, formed on July 1, 2006, acts as the state juvenile corrections agency. Previously the Illinois Department of Corrections managed Illinois juvenile facilities.[2]

Facilities (Referred to as Illinois Youth Centers or IYC)[edit]

As of 2010, the facilities operated include:

Name Highest security
IYC Joliet Level 1 - Maximum
IYC Warrenville Level 1 - Maximum
IYC Harrisburg Level 1 - Maximum

Level 2 - Secure Medium

IYC St. Charles Level 2 - Secure Medium
IYC Kewanee Level 2 - Secure Medium
IYC Murphysboro Level 3 - Minimum
IYC Chicago Level 3 - Minimum
IYC Pere Marquette Level 3 - Minimum

Joliet, Harrisburg, St. Charles, Kewanee, Murphysboro, and Chicago house juvenile male offenders while Warrenville and Pere Marquette house juvenile female offenders. IYC Murphysboro was formerly operated as a bootcamp but has recently ceased that program and transitioned to standard minimum security. IYC Kewanne is considered a special treatment facility focused on juvenile males with severe mental issues and sex offenders. IYC Pere Marquette is a treatment facility for juvenile females. IYC St. Charles and IYC Harrisburg also house the Receiving and Classification Units, or R&C, for the department. The majority of youths committed to the department from the Chicago area go first to IYC St. Charles while the majority those youths committed to the department from the southern and central part of the state go first to IYC Harrisburg.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "Contacting IDJJ." Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. Retrieved on July 25, 2010.
  2. ^ "IDOC Overview". Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 

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