Local juvenile justice initiative held in Decatur

DECATUR - The Macon County Juvenile Justice Council and the Juvenile Justice Initiative will present "Crossroads for Change" at Eisenhower High School in Decatur from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 25.

"Crossroads for Change" is a local initiative to inform and engage the community in discussions and planning for the Macon County's juvenile justice system.  Following panel discussions, attendees will begin local planning to support young people who are at-risk or already involved with the Macon County juvenile justice system.

Expected panelists include Macon County Judge R.C. Bollinger, Macon County State's Attorney Jay Scott, Macon County Public Defender Rodney Forbes, and Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Chair George W. Timberlake.  The featured speaker will be James Bell, Founder and Executive Director of the W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice and Equity.

The panel will begin at 9:45 a.m., and James Bell is expected to speak at 11 a.m.  This event is free and open to the public.

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