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Detention Alternatives Initiative, State of Illinois Circuit Court of Cook County

Cook County, Illinois (Chicago) uses community-based programming to allow youth to remain in their home and attend their community school. Instead of removing youth from their homes, community-based reporting centers exist where the youth are required to report in the afternoon or early evenings.  The centers focus on improving social skills, and providing vocational support and educational support. The centers also make referrals to other programs. This program has allowed youth to stay in their home school and has saved the county more than $2 million a year.