Understanding the Illinois Criminal Justice System
A wide range of governmental and non-governmental organizations and interests is involved in the administration of justice in Illinois. Federal, state, county, and city actors are involved in what may or may not amount to a “system.”
This website gives further information about the details of the juvenile justice system by defining the word "juvenile" and giving a step-by-step process of what happens from the time of arrest to sentence hearings.
The Jane Addams Juvenile Court Foundation was created to refocus public attention on the Cook County Juvenile Court, one of Cook County's pioneering institutions, and to stimulate public concern and investment in effective systems that address the needs of youth, particularly those accused of delinquent offenses and their families, and communities. The core model of the JAJCF suggests that a small, proactive private foundation working closely with the Court, its leadership and stakeholders, is in a uniquely effective position to serve as a catalyst for change.