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Criteria established for expunging a minor’s law enforcement records August 2014 Illinois Law Update, Page 372 While most juvenile law enforcement records are property of the State, must not be destroyed, and usually must be accessible to the public, these rules do not apply to records expunged under subsections 1.5 and 1.6 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987.
Juvenile Justice, Part I: Automatic expungement of juvenile records By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 Proposed legislation would require the state police to expunge arrest records when juveniles turn 18 if they were never charged and have no recent arrests.
Juvenile Justice, Part II: An end to automatic transfers to adult court? By Janan Hanna June 2014 Lawpulse, Page 266 A legislative proposal would stop the automatic transfer of juveniles to adult court, requiring that judges determine whether the transfer is appropriate.
Illinois Supreme Court allows interlocutory appeals of suppression orders in juvenile cases By Adam W. Lasker September 2013 Lawpulse, Page 446 The supreme court rule change allowing interlocutory appeals remedies "a systemic problem for both prosecutors and defendants for decades," a commentator says.
Increased juvenile delinquency age. PA 098-0061 September 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 452 The Juvenile Court Act of 1987 has been amended, changing the definition of a juvenile delinquent to minors before their 18th birthday, raising the age limit a full year. 705 ILCS 405/5-105.
Revised rules for reporting juvenile records to offenders’ schools. PA 097-1104 April 2013 Illinois Law Update, Page 176 The Illinois School Code and Juvenile Court Act of 1987 have been amended to alter the requirements for reporting students' court records to their schools.
Miranda: Youth a factor in determining whether interrogation is “custodial” By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 Lawpulse, Page 382 The U.S. Supreme Court holds that a subject's youth matters when determining whether a Miranda warning is required - a conclusion the Illinois Supreme Court came to years ago.
Juvenile Court Act gives court authority to determine independent basis of abuse or neglect April 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 180 On February 4, 2011, the Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, affirmed a decision of the Circuit Court of Cook County, holding that the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 (705 ILCS 405/1-1 et seq) confers upon the court authority to determine that "'an independent basis of abuse, neglect, or dependency' exists, without strictly adhering to the procedural requirements for neglect petitions in Article II of the Act." K.D. at *1, quoting 705 ILCS 405/5-710 (1)(a)(iv).
Lawyers Making A Difference for Juvenile Justice Reform, Part III By Mark D. Hassakis April 2011 Column, Page 172 More about Illinois lawyers committed to juvenile justice reform.
More Lawyers Making A Difference for Juvenile Justice By Mark D. Hassakis March 2011 Column, Page 116 We continue our look at Illinois lawyers helping to transform our juvenile justice system.
Transforming Juvenile Justice: Lawyers Making A Difference By Mark D. Hassakis and Lisa Jacobs February 2011 Column, Page 64 Transforming Juvenile Justice: Lawyers Making A Difference
No evidentiary limitations to statements of a minor in a temporary custody hearing January 2011 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 On October 21, 2010, the Supreme Court of Illinois held that the evidentiary limitations of section 2-18(4)(c) of the Juvenile Court Act do not apply to the out-of-court statements of a minor in a temporary custody hearing, where such statements relate to allegations of abuse or neglect.
What if it Were Your Child? By Mark D. Hassakis and Lisa Jacobs January 2011 Column, Page 8 What would "the system" look like if we designed it for our children?
Juvenile Justice: The Power of Prevention By Mark D. Hassakis December 2010 Column, Page 608 Illinois spends much more on jailing juveniles than on prevention.
Humpty Dumpty Child By Hon. Ron Spears November 2010 Column, Page 588 Healing broken children is hard but essential work.
The Urgent Need for Juvenile Justice Reform By Mark D. Hassakis August 2010 Column, Page 392 Our costly juvenile justice system too often does more harm than good. Fortunately, there's a better way.
Electronic Home Detention Program now available for juvenile offenders. PA 096-0293 July 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 348 Illinois lawmakers amended the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to allow electronic home detention as an appropriate form of sentencing for wards of the court. 705 ILCS 405/5-7A-101.
Juvenile offender reports mandated. PA 096-0853 March 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 128 The Children and Family Services Act has been amended to require the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to prepare a report concerning parole revocations of juvenile offenders, to be completed by September 30, 2010.
Recruiting minors into street gangs now a felony. PA 096-0199 January 2010 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Recruiting minors into street gangs is now a Class 1 felony, under recent amendments to the Criminal Code of 1961. 
Illinois adopts new rules governing rehabilitation of juvenile sex offenders December 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 604 The Sex Offender Management Board adopted new sections regulating the treatment and rehabilitation of convicted juvenile sex offenders.  
Law for minor smoking offenders amended. PA 096-0179 November 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 552 The Illinois General Assembly amended section 5-615 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 regarding supervision of minors who have been found in violation of the Prevention of Tobacco Use by Minors Act. 705 ILCS 405/5-615. 
No after-the-fact extension of statute of limitations By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2009 Lawpulse, Page 546 The legislature can't revive a time-barred lawsuit by later extending the statute of limitations, the illinois Supreme Court holds.
2009 Spring Session Roundup By Jim Covington August 2009 Column, Page 396 A summary of key legislation.
How to represent juveniles By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
Juveniles can be required to register as sex offenders By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2009 Lawpulse, Page 330 The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.
Illinois Redeploy Program amended PA 095-1050 June 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 284 Illinois lawmakers amended section 16.1 of the Probation and Probation Officers Act by inserting and deleting language concerning the "Redeploy Illinois Program." 730 ILCS 110/16.1. 
A Critical Look at the Shaken Baby Syndrome By Roger H. Kelly and Zachary M. Bravos April 2009 Article, Page 200 Recent research shows that factors other than abuse may be the cause of damage thought to result from shaking, the authors argue.
Juvenile Jurisdiction Task Force considers extending Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to youth age 17. PA 095-1031 April 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 174 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 by amending two sections and adding one section. 705 ILCS 405/5-105, 5-120, 5-121.
Act authorizes school districts to release juvenile truancy records. PA 095-1016 March 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 122 The Illinois General Assembly amended the Illinois Municipal Code by changing Sections 1-2.2-20 and 11-5-9. 65 ILCS 5/1-2.2-20, 11-5-9. 
Changes made to ensure a minor’s access to counsel. PA 095-0846 January 2009 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Illinois lawmakers amended section 5 of the Juvenile Court Act of 1987 to provide for an accused minor's access to legal counsel.