Transportation (Juvenile Justice)
Program Fact Sheet

Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


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.) through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. In part, these funds support transporting youth in need of secure detention to juvenile detention facilities.


In 1998, the Illinois Juvenile Court Act was rewritten. It allows for juveniles age 12 and older to be detained in county jails and municipal lockups for up to 12 hours (24 hours for violent offenses); a direct contradiction of the federal JJDP Act. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission initiated several strategies to prevent noncompliance. Transporting youth in need of secure detention who would otherwise be detained in county jails to juvenile detention facilities is one of the strategies.

Delivery Method

Grants to rural communities support the transport of juveniles from rural counties to juvenile detention centers elsewhere in the state. There are four grantees located strategically throughout the state.

Program Data

JJ - Transportation Program Data
Performance Indicators SFY03 SFY04 SFY05 SFY06
Grant Amount (Numbers in 000's) $603.10 $427.40 $395.40 $369.90
Number of Grantees 4 4 4 4
Number of Trips NA NA 1287 3141

Program Effectiveness

Four providers provide transportation for youth in 60 counties.