Transportation (Juvenile Justice)
Bureau of Youth Services & Delinquency Prevention
Division of Community Health & Prevention
Illinois Department of Human Services

Program Description


Funds support detention centers in transport youth in need of secure detention from county jail and municipal lock ups 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 which sets the limit at 6 hours. 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

SFY04 SFY05 SFY06 SFY 07
Program Expenditure (Numbers in 000's) $427.4 $395.9 $369.9 $194.3
Number of Grantees 4 4 4 4
Number Served NA 1,287 3,141 1,779

Program Accomplishments

  • Youth are transported expeditiously from jails and lock ups to detention centers thereby increasing the state's compliance with the federal JJDP Act. Transportation services are made available for youth in 64 counties.