Reports and Publications
Attorneys and students at the Children and Family Justice Center regularly participate in research, legal analysis, and drafting of reports about issues impacting youth representation and access to justice in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. Through these reports, we aim to educate and inform lawmakers, advocates, and the public of current juvenile justice research.
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 May 14th, HB 2404, the Raise the Age Bill, was passed by the Illinois Senate in an overwhelmingly bi-partisan vote of 40-10. This bill was based upon the report written by CFJC's Stephanie Kollmann and our clinic student law students. On July 8th, Governor Pat Quinn signed HB 2404.