Advocacy Group Wants Funds Shifted Away from Youth Jails

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A child advocacy group wants Illinois to reduce funding for youth jails.

Voices for Illinois Children instead wants that money to go toward community-based rehabilitation programs.  it says that’ll help keep more kids out of jail and it’d be cheaper.

The group claims the state spent an average $172,000 for each youth in jail in 2015.  It says a community-based rehab program would cost only $6,000.

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