Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services

The Juvenile Justice Program of the Department of Human Services is a categorical grant program funded pursuant to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (42 USC 5601 et. Seq.) (JJDP Act) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is a 25-member body established by Illinois statute whose members are appointed by the Governor to plan for and supervise the administration of the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act funds. The Department of Human Services serves as the state-level department responsible for administering the activities of the federal funds in partnership with the Commission.

The federal JJDP Act specifies four requirements for those receiving federal funds under the Act:

  1. the deinstitutionalization of status offenders ("DSO"; status offenses are acts that are law violations only for individuals of juvenile status, including, for example, running away, truancy, liquor law violations);
  2. the separation of adults and juveniles in secure institutions (sight and sound separation);
  3. elimination of the practice of detaining or confining juveniles in adult jails for more than six hours; and
  4. reduction of the disproportionate number of juvenile members of minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system ("DMC," or disproportionate minority contact).

The activities supported with these funds work to address the need, in the state surrounding their core request of the JJDP Act.


Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission