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Report finds youth center may violate rights

Published: Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 12:00 p.m. CDT

ARLINGTON HEIGHTS (AP) — An advocacy group says an Illinois youth center may be violating the constitutional rights of juveniles.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/LPgyYU ) the Illinois Youth Center in St. Charles is understaffed. That's according to The John Howard Association, a nonpartisan correctional-system watchdog.

The group says the suburban Chicago facility employs half the teachers needed and has too few security workers. That limits young people's education because guards are needed to transport youth between classrooms.

The St. Charles center's population doubled after a Joliet facility closed.

Jennifer Vollen-Katz is the association's juvenile justice director. She says closing the Joliet center was the right move, but the St. Charles location is still adjusting to its doubled population.

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice says they've hired outside experts to improve the facility.

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Information from: Daily Herald, http://www.dailyherald.com

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