Group to Send Lawyers to Help Incarcerated Teens

Controversy at youth facility in southern Illinois sparks a nonprofit to act.

News Story (Illinois)

Duaa Eldeib
ProPublica Illinois
May 14, 2018

Tags: Juvenile Justice, Prisoners Rights

Organizations mentioned/involved: James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy (Evanston, IL)


Young men in custody at a youth correctional facility in southern Illinois may soon have private attorneys to represent them in court after officials said they were concerned about their legal representation.

The James B. Moran Center for Youth Advocacy, which provides low-income Evanston youths with legal and social services, said it is recruiting lawyers to take the cases of youths charged with assaulting staffers at the Illinois Youth Center at Harrisburg. The lawyers also will review cases of youths already convicted and serving adult prison sentences.