New Study Concludes that Juvenile Records are Rarely Expunged

A new Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission report released last month examined juvenile expungements from 2004 to 2014. It concluded that only three records for every 1000 juvenile arrests are expunged including those cases that are ultimately dismissed. In Illinois, it is not a criminal offense to improperly share records of juveniles, as it is in many other states. The study concluded that the laws and policies of this state threaten public safety and the ability for juveniles to transition to productive adulthood.

The Commission made recommendations to increase the scope of confidentiality and access to juvenile record expungement.

Report: Only A Fraction of Juvenile Records Expunged in Illinois, www.progressillinois.com, May 2, 2016

Burdened For Life: The Myth of Juvenile Record Confidentiality and Expungement in Illinois, www.ijjc.illinois.gov, April 28, 2016

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