February 19, 2015

Cook County Juvenile Justice System Leaders Pledge Support for Rehabilitation Over Incarceration

Safer Foundation CEO Victor Dickson releases statement on today’s announcement

Because Safer Foundation is committed to improving the outcomes of youth, we passionately support judicial discretion when it comes to juveniles being transferred to adult court. At Safer we see every day the kinds of barriers adults face in trying to overcome past mistakes. We don’t believe 14- and 15-year olds—who by the nature of their immaturity make lapses in judgment—should have a mark against them that will follow them for the rest of their lives. The consequences of an adult criminal record are significant, including drastically limiting education and employment opportunities. We also know that charging children as adults does not promote public safety. In fact, children transferred to adult court are approximately34 percent more likely be re-arrested. But it doesn’t have to get that far. That’s why Safer Foundation is proud to join other youth advocates in publicly committing to supporting juvenile justice system reform in Cook County that emphasizes rehabilitation over incarceration.

Victor Dickson
President & CEO, Safer Foundation

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