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NCJ Number: 156876 Find in a Library
Title: Illinois Lifts the Veil on Juvenile Conviction Records
Journal: Illinois Bar Journal  Volume:83  Issue:8  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:402-409
Author(s): G W O'Reilly
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 8
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Illinois has joined a national trend by adopting legislation to allow, or possibly require, courts to release juvenile court records.
Abstract: The new law reverses a longstanding policy in Illinois that kept juvenile records confidential to rehabilitate children who had been adjudicated delinquent. The law permits courts to provide general public access to both names and addresses of juveniles adjudicated delinquent for murder, attempted murder, sex crimes, crimes committed with a gun, gang-related felonies, and certain drug offenses. Proponents of releasing juvenile records argue that juveniles will be deterred from committing crimes if they know their actions will be publicized and parents will be forced to impose stricter controls on children to avoid the embarrassment and humiliation of publicity. Opponents argue that releasing records will continue to punish offenders after they serve their sentence, create a climate of vigilantism, and prevent rehabilitation. Opponents also contend that public access to offender names has not reduced adult crime and will not reduce juvenile crime. Principles and provisions of the juvenile confidentiality law in Illinois are reviewed, and criticisms of the law are noted. 79 footnotes
Main Term(s): Juvenile records confidentiality
Index Term(s): Confidential records access; Illinois; Juvenile case records; Juvenile court records; Juvenile delinquents; Juvenile offenders; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; State laws
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