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September 2, 2014, 4:07 am
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Investigation Of Sexual Assault at Youth Prisons Called For


The director of the State Department of Juvenile Justice wants a full investigation into federal findings that sexual assaults are occurring at an alarming rate in the state’s youth prisons.

 

The U.S. Department of Justice finds that 15 percent of young inmates report being sexually assaulted by other young offenders… or by staff.

 

That rate is about 20 percent at the Illinois Youth Center in Joliet.

 

One advocate says Illinois youth prisons are larger than in many other states… and there is no inspector general to follow up on complaints from young victims of assault in the system.

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