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Report: Laws holding back juveniles with criminal records

High costs and broad sharing of juvenile records are hurting chances of young people who committed minor offenses from taking those incidents off their record.

The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, which was formed by legislation approved by lawmakers to create the commission and reports to the governor and lawmakers on juvenile justice matters, released a study Thursday citing costly record elimination fees that run as high as $320 per arrest. The commission named strict eligibility rules among the roadblocks for youth seeking to remove their records, which can prevent them from getting employment, education and housing.

No Illinois agency has a comprehensive log of...

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