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Dozens More Speak Out in Illinois Youth Inmate Abuse Lawsuits

Dozens more former youth inmates filed lawsuits seeking millions of dollars in damages for sexual abuse they allegedly endured at Illinois detention centers dating back to the late 1990s.

Thirteen women and 95 men filed two separate lawsuits Friday in the Illinois Court of Claims against the state Department of Corrections and the state Department of Juvenile Justice. Each plaintiff is seeking $2 million in damages, the most allowed under law.

“This is just outrageous misconduct by the state of Illinois, by the juvenile justice system, that has persisted for decades and it has to stop,” Jerome Block, one of the former inmates’ attorneys, said during a news conference Monday.

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