Emerging Adult Justice in Illinois: Towards an Age-Appropriate Approach

Perker, Selen Siringil; Chester, Lael E. H.; Schiraldi, Vincent N.

This report examines the implications of Illinois’ automatic prosecution of all young people ages 18 and over in its adult criminal justice system in the same manner as it prosecutes and sentences 40- or 50-year-olds. This report also reviews research indicating that by providing more developmentally appropriate responses – many of which already exist in the juvenile justice system, such as individualized rehabilitative services and confidentiality protections – Illinois could increase positive outcomes for the youth and enhance public safety.

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Justice Lab at Columbia University
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February 1, 2019