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  • Task force calls for changes in juvenile detention policies for children ages 10-12

    Social work professor Doug Smith standing in front of the School of Social Work building in Urbana.

    A report on juvenile detention statistics in Illinois, based on data from the Juvenile Monitoring Information System at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, sparked changes at one county youth detention facility. Doug Smith, the director of the Center for Prevention Research and Development, is the principal investigator on the grant from the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission that funds the system.

    Photo by Becky Ponder


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  • Editor’s Note: To reach Doug Smith, call 217-333-5308; email

    To reach Brian Brown, email

    The report “Detention of children 10-12 years old in Illinois: A call to action” is available online or from the News Bureau