Mount Vernon News

By Mount Vernon News
January 25, 2014 2:07 am EST


MOUNT VERNON — Many of the minors that come before Juvenile Court are directed into programs designed to help them break the cycle of crime they’ve been falling into.

Since the beginning of Juvenile Court in Chicago about 100 years ago, programs have evolved specifically for juvenile offenders and their families.

“Kids are different,” Juvenile Court Judge James Ronk said. “You don’t use the same yardstick that you do for measuring adults.”

He agrees there is less of a spotlight on juvenile court, but the noted process is supposed to be rehabilitative and a spotlight doesn’t enhance the process. However, most proceedings are open to the public.

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