Illinois Supreme Court adopting new rule on use of shackles on juveniles

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ILLINOIS - The Illinois Supreme Court has announced it will adopt a new rule concerning the use of shackles to restrain juveniles during a court proceeding.

Illinois Supreme Court officials say the new rule would prevent the use of shackles on juveniles during court proceedings unless a hearing finds that the restraints are necessary.  According to a news release, the restraints would be deemed necessary if they would prevent the juvenile from harming themselves or others, if the juvenile has a history of disruptive behavior, or if there is a well-founded belief that the juvenile presents a substantial flight risk.

The new rule will take effect November 1, 2016.  Officials say the rule is supported by state and national juvenile advocacy organizations, several public defenders and public guardians, and the Illinois Attorney General.

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