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The COVID-19 vaccination requirement for visitors to IDJJ facilities has been suspended as of 1/12/23. Visitors may be required to complete a rapid COVID-19 test when they arrive at the facility. 

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Press Releases & Statements

Statement regarding Director Mueller’s appointment as director of DCFS

Gov. Pritzker recently announced DJJ Director Heidi Mueller as the next director of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services. Read DJJ's statement below. 1.4.24

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice celebrates first youth vocational certifications with Greater West Town Project

Young adults in the custody of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) are investing in their futures by taking advantage of vocational training and certification opportunities offered by Greater West Town Project (GWTP). 11.2.23

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice wins national award for family engagement

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) announced August 21st that the Illinois Youth Center (IYC) Pere Marquette in Grafton was awarded the 2023 PbS Barbara Allen-Hagen (BAH) Award. 8.22.23

Construction Begins on Illinois Youth Center in Lincoln

Funding supports restorative facility for youth in custody of Illinois. The project will align with IDJJ’s new residential, community-integrated, restorative justice model. Funding is made possible by the bipartisan Rebuild Illinois Capital program. 3.22.23

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice to host job screenings prior to start of February Intern Academy

IDJJ will host job screenings Feb. 7 and 9 for Juvenile Justice Specialist positions. The training academy will begin Feb. 14 and positions have a starting salary of $54,648. 

Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators Appoints Director Mueller of Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice as Board Secretary

IDJJ Director Heidi Mueller was recently appointed to the executive board of the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators 1.19.23

IDJJ hosts states working toward juvenile justice reform

IDJJ hosted teams from the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice and Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs who visited to learn about IDJJ's nationally recognized policies and practices. 10.28.22

IDJJ hosts job screenings October-December 2022

IDJJ will host screenings for juvenile justice specialists in St. Charles Oct. 18, Dec. 6 & Alton Oct. 20, Dec. 8. 10.14.22


IDJJ youth art exhibited at Weinberg/Newton Gallery in Chicago

“Can you see me” will be on display until Dec. 17, and will highlight the humanity and potential of young people affected by the juvenile justice system. 10.4.22