As a result of a federal civil rights lawsuit brought on behalf of all Illinois youths on parole in the State of Illinois, all children under the age of 18 will be represented by state-appointed counsel at no charge during parole revocation hearings and throughout the appeals process. Youths between the ages of 18 and 21 may also be eligible for appointed counsel, as well.

The suit was brought by the MacArthur Justice Foundation and the Uptown People’s Law Center in 2012, and the settlement calls for several additional steps to ensure youths of their constitutional rights.

This settlement is a very outstanding achievement.

For more details on the agreement, click here.