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their loved ones will be facing substantial years of punishment. Additionally, the State is faced
with using resources to reassess cases that have already been decided.
The Juvenile Court Act is meant to ensure public safety as well as preventing victimization
of youths. It will be fascinating to see if the intent of the Juvenile Court Act is being upheld by
applying the automatic transfer age retroactively.
Bryant Jackson-Green, Changes to Transfer Policy Will Keep More Minors Under Juvenile Supervision, Where They
Belong, ILLINOIS POLICY, (Oct. 10, 2017) https://www.illinoispolicy.org/illinois-poised-to-update-juvenile-transfer-policy/.
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Transder, 31 LOY. U. CHI. L.J. 281, 283 (2000).
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Ill. Const. art. VI, § 9.
5 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. § 70/4 (2017).
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in Illinois, 31 J. MARSHALL L. REV. 1351, 1380 (1998).
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the Juvenile Justice System is Inconsistent with Roper v. Simmons & Graham v. Florida, 48 J. MARSHALL L. REV.
365, 367-69 (2014).