Redeploy Illinois

Administered by: Bureau of Youth Intervention Services


To decrease juvenile incarceration through the creation of evidence-based community programs that maintains public safety and promotes positive outcomes for youth.


Reduced commitment to IDJJ; improved outcomes for youth and families.

Program Description:

The Redeploy Illinois program grants funds to counties or groups of counties that will establish a continuum of local, community-based sanctions and treatment alternatives for juvenile offenders who would otherwise be incarcerated if those local services and sanctions were not available, as required by 730 ILCS 110/16.1. In exchange for these program funds, the provider agrees to reduce the number of Redeploy Illinois eligible commitments from that county(ies) by a minimum of 25%.

Target Population:

Redeploy Eligible youth include any youth under the jurisdiction of the juvenile court, not currently in IDJJ, that is facing a possible commitment to IDJJ for a charge other than murder or a Class X forcible felony. Redeploy eligible commitments exclude minors sentenced based upon a finding of guilt of first degree murder or an offense which is a Class X forcible felony as defined in the Criminal Code of 1961.


  • Put in place a continuum of local, community-based graduated sanctions and treatment alternatives.
  • Ensure appropriate risk and needs assessments are utilized.
  • Develop, implement and complete individualized case plans based on identified needs from appropriate assessments.
  • Provide community-based services to youth in the least restrictive setting possible.
  • Reduce excessive secure detention stays.
  • Implement programming that is research or evidence-based as proven or promising.
  • Implement non-traditional services and programs that supplement EBP.
  • Promote offender accountability through restorative justice practices.
  • Empower communities to take responsibility for the well-being of its members.
  • Increase youth competencies and protective factors.
  • Involve the family in the provision of services.
  • Implement strategies that foster commitment and involvement of local stakeholders.

Program Sites/Service Areas

Program Analysis, Data & Performance 

2013 Illinois State University Research

Research conducted on the original 4 Redeploy pilot sites over a 5-year period by the Department of Criminal Justice Services at Illinois State University released in 2013:

  • Redeploy effectively reduced IDJJ commitments
  • Redeploy reduces recidivism
  • Redeploy is less expensive than a commitment to IDJJ

Key findings included:

  • The pilot sites targeted and reduced Court Evaluation commitments by 87%.
  • Youth in the original 4 pilot sites that successfully completed the program had a 27% lower recidivism rate compared to youth who did not successfully complete the program.
  • 61% of the youth successfully completing the program were not incarcerated within the following 3 years compared to 34% of youth who did not successfully complete the program.

IDJJ Commitment Analysis

Calendar Year and Fiscal Year 2014 is the most recent dataset available to assess the effectiveness of the Redeploy Program.

  1. In 2014, Redeploy sites reduced eligible Commitments to IDJJ by 64 Percent.
  2. In 2014, Redeploy Illinois sites in 42 counties sent 296 fewer youth to IDJJ - This compares to the baseline for those counties of 462 youth commitments per year for each of the 3 years prior to Redeploy implementation.
  3. Through 2014 (first nine years of implementation) the Redeploy Program reduced IDJJ commitments by 1,793 youth representing a 58% reduction in IDJJ commitments over the life of the program.

Cost Savings 2015

  • The average per capita cost to serve a youth in Redeploy in 2015 was $5,502.
  • The average per capita cost to house a youth in IDJJ in 2015 remained $111,000.
  • In 2014, the average cost to serve a youth in Redeploy was approximately 5% of the cost to house IDJJ youth.
  • In 2014, Redeploy reduced IDJJ commitments by 296 youth saving the state nearly $15 Million in unnecessary incarceration costs.
  • Through 2014 (first nine years of implementation) the Redeploy Program diverted 1,793 youth from IDJJ saving the state more than 88 million in unnecessary incarceration costs. (2005 IDJJ cost data)

2015 Performance Measures and Outcomes

  • 689 youth were referred/served in the Redeploy Illinois Program in 2015.
  • 92 Percent (633) of youth referred to the program were accepted into the program for full Redeploy services.
  • 100 Percent of youth referred, and 100 Percent of youth accepted into the program received a comprehensive risk assessment (YASI).
  • 277 Youth exited the program in 2015.
  • 98 Percent of youth exiting the program had an individualized case plan developed.
  • 72 Percent of youth successfully completed the program.
  • 88 Percent of youth with identified Mental Health (MH) needs received services to address those needs. (107 of 121 youth identified)
  • 90 Percent of youth with identified Substance Abuse (SA) needs received services to address those needs. (161 of 179 youth identified)
  • 92 Percent of youth with identified chronic truancy needs received services to address those needs (106 of 115 youth identified)
  • 87 Percent of youth with identified trauma needs received services to address those needs (73 of 84 youth identified)
  • 88 Percent of youth with identified learning disability needs received services to address those needs (67 of 76 youth identified)
  • 88 Percent of discharged youth had both initial and closing YASIs
    • At discharge, 69 Percent of youth had a decrease in dynamic risk factors
    • At discharge, 56 Percent of youth had an increase in dynamic protective factors

Redeploy Youth 2015

  • 83% of the program youth are male
  • 17% of the program youth are female
  • 52% of the program youth are between 15-16 years old
  • 36 Percent of program youth were not fully engaged in an education program at enrollment.
    • 21 Percent were not participating in any educational program.
      • 8.4% expelled or dropped out;
      • 12.4% suspended or not attending.
    • 15.2 Percent of program youth were only sporadically attending an educational program.
  • 42 Percent of youth served were 16 years of age or older, while only 7 Percent of program youth were employed at enrollment into the Redeploy program.
  • 75% of youth served were on probation or parole upon admission into the Redeploy program.
  • 55% of the youth enrolled into Redeploy Illinois had prior arrests (excludes current offense)
  • 46% of the youth enrolled had previous secured detention or IDJJ stays

Redeploy Offense

Below is an overview of the characteristics of the offense that is the underlying basis for the youth's referral/enrollment into the Redeploy Illinois program.

  • 65 Percent were Felony offenses
  • 35 Percent were Misdemeanor offenses
    • 86 Percent were class A misdemeanors
    • 14 Percent were less serious than Class A
  • 55 Percent were Property offenses
  • 33 Percent were Person offenses
  • 5 Percent were Drug offenses
  • 11 Percent of offenses were weapon related
    • 62.5 Percent with a firearm (30 of 48)
    • 37.5 Percent with a non-firearm weapon (18 of 48)
  • 55 Percent of cases required pre-trial placement (Example: secure confinement, home confinement, residential treatment, etc.)

Additional Data 2015

  • The average length of stay in the Redeploy Illinois program in 2015 was 7.5 months.
  • 46 Percent (127) of youth completing the program had participated in a Restorative Justice Activity
  • 44 Percent of youth served received a non-IDJJ court evaluation
    • Of those youth, 2 Percent were committed to IDJJ based on the results (2 of 123 youth)
  • 16 Percent (43) of youth were placed on an electronic monitoring device

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