The Northwestern University School of Law's MacArthur Justice Center has filed a federal suit calling the state's juvenile parole system as a "kangaroo court." The suit was filed on behalf of a teen and alleges kids are put in prison based on technical parole violations and held in a system that restricts access to attorneys. The suit is seeking class-action status.
It says that juveniles are persuaded to waive some of their rights in court, which then limits their chance to review the allegations and meet with an attorney. The suit says they're encouraged to do that so they can get home sooner.