Letter: Offenders a threat to others
December 3, 2012 5:20PM
Updated: January 5, 2013 6:07AM
Please stop the misleading articles in regard to the purpose of IYC-Joliet. We are a maximum-security facility for juveniles. Our population is predominately 17 to 21 years old. We house youth heavily involved in gangs who have committed heinous and violent crimes such as murder, rape, aggravated criminal sexual assault, reckless discharge of a weapon and vehicular hijacking.
We house staff assaulters and youth who were not able to conform to a less-strict setting. It is a real possibility over half of our population cannot transition into community placement or programs due to the crimes committed and the sentences received by adult court.
It is more likely the young adults will transition into an adult prison. When paroled, the youth are given community programs/treatment to complete, continue their education and comply with rules of parole. They made the choice not to abide by the rules of parole.
While on parole, they committed crimes such as those listed above. They commit these crimes despite the intervention of community programs, placement and the leniency of the judicial system.
A guest commentary in this paper cited “fear-mongering” used to support not closing IYC-Joliet. Educating the public is not fear-mongering. It is a clear and present danger to blend a predatory inmate with a vulnerable one.
The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice Law Clinic would like you to believe youth in the facility have not committed heinous and violent crimes. They would like you to believe they are “children.” The truth is, youth housed at IYC-Joliet are dangerous, violent and a threat to the safety and security of vulnerable youth now incarcerated.
Programs such as ReDeploy Illinois divert youth but it does not change the fact the youth committed a crime. Juvenile crime is not down. Juvenile commitment is down and risk to the community is up.
President AFSCME, Local 1753, Joliet