Illinois lawmakers hearing about ways to keep young people from being trapped in the juvenile justice system got some figures about a preventive measure called Redeploy Illinois.  “Sixty-one percent of the youth that successfully completed the program were not incarcerated within the following three years after completion, compared to only 34 percent of youth that did not successfully complete the program,” said Karrie Rueter, bureau chief of Youth Intervention Services for the Illinois Department of Human Services.
 
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The program identifies at-risk kids and tries to connect them to programs and services which could take them off the wrong path.  “If these kids had something to do, maybe they wouldn’t come back” as repeat offenders, lamented State Rep. Mary Flowers (D-Chicago).
 
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