FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 6, 2014

Union Coun­ty Receives $20,000 Juve­nile Jus­tice Coun­cil Plan­ning Grant

Union Coun­ty State’s Attor­ney Tyler R. Edmonds announced today that Union Coun­ty has received a $20,000 plan­ning grant from the Illi­nois Depart­ment of Human Ser­vices to estab­lish a Juve­nile Jus­tice Coun­cil in the First Judi­cial Cir­cuit.  The coun­cil will (1) pro­vide a forum for the devel­op­ment of a com­mu­ni­ty-based inter­a­gency assess­ment of the local juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem, (2) devel­op a juve­nile jus­tice plan for the pre­ven­tion of juve­nile delin­quen­cy, and (3) will make rec­om­men­da­tions for more effec­tive uti­liza­tion of com­mu­ni­ty resources to deal with juve­niles who are involved in crime, are tru­ant, or who have been sus­pend­ed or expelled from school.

The grant is award­ed to facil­i­tate the cre­ation juve­nile jus­tice coun­cil, includ­ing col­lec­tion of data on the cur­rent delin­quent youth pop­u­la­tion, observ­ing oth­er Illi­nois juve­nile jus­tice coun­cils, and con­ven­ing the coun­cil at least twice dur­ing the plan­ning grant phase.  The coun­ty will then be eli­gi­ble to receive addi­tion­al grant awards for ongo­ing sup­port for the coun­cil and its juve­nile jus­tice plan.