Reports and Publications
After extensive research and analysis, the first report recommends raising the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to accommodate 17-year-olds as it does 16-year-olds.
Currently, Illinois is the only state with a bifurcated system whereby 17- year-olds charged with a misdemeanor are tried in juvenile court, while all 17- year-olds charged with a felony are tried in criminal court regardless of the seriousness of the offense.
On March 13, 2013, The Illinois House Judiciary passed HB2404 (Raise the Age bill) in a vote of 13-2. This bill was based upon the report written by CFJC's Stephanie Kollmann and our clinic student law students.
-Studying Juvenile Sex Offenders (pdf)
This report is a thorough examination of juvenile sex offenders, raising important questions such as:
- Who are they?
- What are the behaviors that give rise to their being charged with a sex offense?
- How do we, and how should we, punish, rehabilitate, and treat young people adjudicated delinquent for sex offenses?
- What are the current collateral consequences for being found delinquent of a juvenile sex offense, and what should they be?