Illinois Supreme Court Holds Minor Can Be Sentenced to Djj for Misdemeanor Violation of Probation Despite Statute

The minor-respondent in this matter repeatedly violated his probation for a Class A misdemeanor. The trial court sentenced the minor to be committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) after a new State statute went into effect barring commitment to DJJ for misdemeanor offenses.

The State Supreme Court held that this amendment at issue did not prevent the trial court from committing respondent to the DJJ for a violation of probation because to do so would render certain language in the statute to be superfluous.

The case is In Re Jarquan B.

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