CHICAGO (AP) - Advocates for new rules that would make the shackling of juveniles in Illinois courtrooms less common say current practices can be degrading and counterproductive.
The Illinois Supreme Court rules committee held a public hearing Friday in Chicago on proposed rules that would require judges make specific findings that a juvenile poses a risk before constraints can be used.
Attorney Vincent Cornelius told the committee that polices in many counties requiring all juveniles be shackled are grounded in custom, not logic. He argued juveniles are actually more likely to be on their best behavior in court because they know judges will decide their fate.
Psychologist Eugene Griffen added shackling can humiliate and agitate children, making disruptive behavior "a self-fulfilling prophesy." He says shackled juveniles are also less able to follow proceedings.