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.