DCFS: Teens shackled en route from youth shelter in Chicago to one in Palatine

Chicago News

The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services has said that the physical restraining of two teenagers as they were driven from a shelter in Chicago to one in Palatine was “totally unacceptable.”

The two teens, 15 and 17, were handcuffed and shackled at their ankles Oct. 1 as they were separately driven to a shelter in Palatine, about 30 miles away, DCFS spokesman Jassen Strokosch confirmed.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       

“DCFS is committed to ensuring every child in our care is treated with the utmost dignity and respect. The use of restraints in this case was totally unacceptable and against department policy,” he said in a statement.

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