For Some Youths, ‘Minor’ Offenses Lead to Major Sentences in Adult Prison

Cases threaten to undermine Illinois’ efforts at juvenile justice reform. by Duaa Eldeib Jaylan Banks, 18, was sentenced to eight years in an adult prison for punching a correctional officer at the juvenile correctional center in Harrisburg in southern Illinois. In the past, he might have lost privileges, served a short stint in solitary confinement or
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