Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

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Department of Juvenile Justice
Department overview
Formed July 1, 2006 (2006-07-01)
Jurisdiction Illinois
Department executive
  • Candice Jones, Director

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) is the code department[1][2] of the Illinois state government that acts as the state juvenile corrections agency.

The department was formed on July 1, 2006. Previously, the Illinois Department of Corrections managed Illinois' juvenile facilities.[3]


As of 2014, the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) facilities in operation included the following detention centers, statewide:[4]

Name Security level Sex
IYC Chicago Level 2 - Medium Male[4]
IYC Harrisburg Level 2 - Medium Male[4]
IYC Kewanee Level 1 - Maximum Male[4]
IYC Pere Marquette Level 3 - Minimum Male[4]
IYC St. Charles Level 2 - Medium Male[4]
IYC Warrenville Level 1 - Maximum Female[4]

Harrisburg, St. Charles, Kewanee, Pere Marquette, and Chicago house juvenile male offenders while Warrenville houses juvenile female offenders. Kewanee is currently designated as a special treatment facility, focusing on treatment for youth with severe, acute mental health issues, substance abuse problems and problem sexual behaviors.[4] IYC Pere Marquette is a treatment facility for juvenile males. The majority of youths committed to the department from the Chicago area go first to IYC St. Charles.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Uphoff, Judy Lee (2012). "The Governor and the Executive Branch". In Lind, Nancy S.; Rankin, Erik. Governing Illinois: Your Connection to State and Local Government (PDF) (4th ed.). Center Publications, Center for State Policy and Leadership, University of Illinois at Springfield. pp. 78–79. ISBN 978-0-938943-28-0. 
  2. ^ 20 ILCS 5/5-15
  3. ^ "IDOC Overview". Springfield, Illinois: Illinois Department of Corrections. Retrieved 2009-12-08. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Annual Report" (PDF). Illinois Dept. of Juvenile Justice. 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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