Macon County Teen Justice Program
Sponsored by Millikin University and the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
The Macon County Teen Justice program in two capacities: Deflection and Diversion.
Deflection services include policies, practices, and programs that prevent youth arrest and court involvement and link youth to supportive services in the community, if needed. Ideally, deflection occurs instead of arrest, which in and of itself is a traumatic and humiliating experience for a young person.
Diversion services include the redirection of a youth’s legal case from further processing in the legal system at any point following arrest.
Youth between the ages of 9-17 are eligible for both deflection and diversion services. Participants can be referred to Teen Justice through local government agencies, law enforcement, community-based agencies, social service agencies, and family referrals/recommendations. Eligibility for Teen Justice depends on the severity of the case. Petty crimes, truancy, misdemeanors, and felonies are all eligible offenses (with the exception of serious violent crimes such as murder, attempt murder, gun cases, and sex assault/abuse cases).
Teen Justice gives participants the opportunity to avoid arrest and formal charges. Based in restorative justice practices, this program assists participants with development of problem-solving skills, decision-making skills, competency development (to better understand how their actions have impacted others), and also offers the chance for relationships to be repaired and/or restored to the harmed parties.
Teen Justice is a multi-tiered program that services the youth based on their risk and needs assessments. Youth are enrolled in the program for a minimum of 90 days.
253 E. Wood St, 4th floor
Decatur, IL 62523
(HOURS MAY BE IMPACTED BY COVID-19)
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Macon County Teen Justice