Source: (2002) Chicargo, IL: Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.

This report presents three case studies of juvenile justice processes that were changed or created due to Illinois' Juvenile Justice Reform Provisions of 1998 (Public Act 90-590). The featured change of the Juvenile Justice Reform provisions is the incorporation of the philosophy of balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) in juvenile justice policy and practice. The three juvenile justice processes examined in the case studies were a program that has adopted the BARJ philosophy; an extended-jurisdiction juvenile prosecution; and police station adjustments, particularly the distinction between formal and informal station adjustments. The case studies describe the processes and the perspectives of individuals involved in the processes. The program that has adopted the BARJ philosophy is known as family group conferencing. In this process, juvenile offenders, their guardians, victims, community members, and other interested parties meet and discuss juvenile offenses. Participants state the impact the offense has had on them, and then the participants recommend a plan for remedying the harm caused by the offense. Abstract courtesy of National Criminal Justice Reference Service,