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Judge Orders Policy Change At DCFS After Teens Are Shackled

A judge has ordered change within the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

The rule change stems from a court hearing on Thursday.

The hearing in turn came just days after CBS 2 first reported on the two children placed in shackles last month – on DCFS orders – as they were transported to a new home.

On Oct. 1, a transport company arrived at the back bay of a South Side shelter to move one 17-year-old boy to Palatine. The company was on orders from the DCFS to treat the move as a “secure transport,” and shackle the boy.

Shelter staff had never seen it before, so they called DCFS to see if it was necessary. They said it was, but it was not.

The same thing happened to a second teenager later that same day. And not until CBS 2 called DCFS was any admission of wrongdoing made.


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