This legislation is significant because it will allow young persons to profit by the benefits of the juvenile justice system rather than to potentially receive adult criminal records and convictions.
As a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Criminal Justice Section Council, I urged that the bar association support such a measure. This will allow young persons who make mistakes to receive resources and, hopefully, be diverted from the criminal justice system.
In response to a comment, here is the link to Public Act 098-0061. http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/publicacts/98/098-0061.htm
Lori G. Levin
Attorney at Law
180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700
Chicago, IL 60601