The juvenile justice people in Illinois say they could use more money for more and better programs, considering the responsibilities. “We accept youth committed to us from counties statewide. We are mandated to provide educational, mental and physical health screening and services for the youth,” says acting director Candice Jones of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, “and, additionally, youth who have special disabilities or special education requirements; mental health, as well as substance abuse.”
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Jones was part of a hearing to give state representatives information about the criminal justice system.