SECTION IX Conclusion

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Responsibilities under the law, the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 2002 as amended (442U.S.C.5601), was adopted by the U.S. Congress in order to establish a comprehensive nation wide policy regarding of the care and treatment of juveniles by the legal systems and the law enforcement community.

The State of Illinois receives JJDP funds and is required to comply with the mandates contained in the JJDP Act. Since Illinois receives JJDP funds and is therefore required to comply with the act, in addition the Illinois Legislature has explicitly adopted many provisions that are identical or similar to the act of the JJDP.

Where Illinois law and the Federal JJDP Act are not the same, the one that offers the most protection must be followed. This will afford the most protection against claims of improper treatment of juveniles.