Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Annual Report CY 2007 & 2008

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
ANNUAL REPORT TO THE
GOVERNOR AND GENERAL ASSEMBLY
for Calendar Years 2007 and 2008

February 10, 2009

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Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
1112 South Wabash, 3rd Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60605
Telephone: 312-793-4605
Facsimile: 312-814-3073


February 10, 2009

To the Governor and Members of the General Assembly:

On behalf of the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission, I am pleased to present the Annual Report to the Governor and General Assembly for Calendar Years 2007 and 2008. This report is intended to inform and guide those individuals and organizations with an investment in the juvenile justice system in Illinois on behalf of its youth. The report is also presented to judges, law enforcement officials, juvenile justice practitioners, policymakers, youth services providers and other interested parties across the state who are part of the juvenile justice system, to assist them in their work with youth. The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission is a twenty-five (25) member board that serves as the mandated State Advisory Group appointed by the Governor pursuant to Illinois statute. It is the Commission's statutory responsibility to submit an annual report to the Governor and General Assembly that highlights the State's accomplishments, its most urgent challenges relative to juvenile justice in Illinois, and its recommendations for addressing those issues. The Commission administers, through the Illinois Department of Human Services, the federal funds allocated to Illinois through the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The Commission works to ensure accountability to the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention while focusing on the needs of Illinois' juvenile youth. This report is intended to bring to light current trends and issues concerning the Illinois juvenile justice system. This report documents Illinois' status of compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act as well as recent accomplishments and recommendations for improving the juvenile justice system in Illinois. System reform efforts will be successful in Illinois with the collective resolve of the executive branch, lawmakers, and public and private entities with a vested interest in ensuring public safety while providing Illinois youth every opportunity to succeed.

Sincerely,

C. Gary Leofanti, Chair
Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission

Chairperson

  • C. Gary Leofanti
    Olympia Fields

Vice Chair

  • Wayne M. Straza
    Countryside

Commissioners

  • Rodney Ahitow
    Cuba
  • Rev. Charles Collins
    Freeport
  • Patricia Connell
    Evanston
  • Ann Dralle
    Lemont
  • Kurt Friedenauer
    Springfield
  • Eugene Griffin
    Chicago
  • George H. Hill
    Decatur
  • Hon. Janet Holmgren
    Rockford
  • Andrew Jones
    Chicago
  • Darrell L. McGibany
    Edwardsville
  • Samantha Person
    Chicago
  • Seth Ragland
    Chatham
  • Pamela F. Rodriguez
    Chicago

Table of Contents

Introduction

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

Separation of Adult and Juvenile Offenders

Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO)

Jail Removal

Compliance Monitoring

JUVENILE JUSTICE DATA

ACCESS TO COUNSEL

DETENTION ALTERNATIVES

MENTAL HEALTH

ILLINOIS DEPARTMENT OF JUVENILE JUSTICE

SUMMARY