IYC-Kewanee was a mixed medium and maximum-security facility for boys. Located about two and a half hours west of Chicago, Kewanee served several distinct purposes for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ), including providing 24-hour infirmary care and housing youth suffering from acute mental illness, youth labeled juvenile sex offenders (JSOs), and youth designated maximum-security.  It is now closed. 









  • Read JHA’s 2014 report here.
  • Read JHA’s 2013 report here.
  • Read JHA's 2012 report here.
  • Read JHA's 2011 report here.


The John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s initiative, Models for Change, has funded the John Howard Association of Illinois (JHA) to monitor IDJJ’s facilities.