Audience

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Communication Committee Members and Staff.  The public is welcome to attend.

Date/Time

May 24, 2012, 2:00p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Location 

Metropolis 2020
30 West Monroe, 13th Floor
Chicago, IL

823 E Monroe
Springfield, IL

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of minutes
  4. Status of Reports & Legislation
    1. Raise the Age
    2. SB2151 - Sex Offender Bill
    3. SB1725 Juvenile Reentry Improvement Study
      1. Status of Implementation
        1. Communications
        2. Reentry Committee Update
      2. Cost/Benefits Analysis
    4. Youth Engagement
  5. Annual Report
  6. Communications Strategies
    1. Website
    2. Messaging
    3. Social Marketing
    4. Three Year Plan Adaptation
  7. Other Items / Next Steps
  8. Next meeting date
    June 28, 2012
  9. Adjournment

Minutes

  1. Call to Order The meeting was called to order at 2:05pm.
  2. Roll Call Commissioners: Co-Chair Julie Biehl (P), Co-Chair Esther Franco-Payne, Michael Rodriguez. Quorum declared present. Guests: Susan Witkin. Staff: Candice Jones, Donna Taylor, Lisa Dadavo, Michelle Arnold, Stephanie Kollman, Rachel Sipes, Jeff Bradley, Rob Vickery, Lin Ferguson and Julie Stremlau.
  3. Approval of minutes Commissioner Franco-Payne moved to approve the minutes of December 8, 2011, January 19, 2012, March 22, 2012 and April 26, 2012. Commissioner Michael Rodriguez seconded the motion. All in favor, minutes approved.
  4. Status of Reports & Legislation
    1. Raise the Age - Commissioner Franco-Payne gave the RtA update. Status remains unchanged. We are still waiting on AOIC to supply the necessary data. Mid-July is the timeline for completion of the report. June 5th at 10:30am is the next RtA meeting. The full Commission will be notified of this meeting to ensure they have an opportunity to participate.
    2. SB2151 - Sex Offender Bill The work-group has been sharing information and file reviews continue. The work-group has been meeting regularly to finalize the report.
    3. SB1725 Juvenile Reentry Improvement Study
      1. Status of Implementation
        1. Legislation
          DJJ staff, Betsy Clark and other Juvenile Reentry Study committee members attended a meeting with the Prison Review Board (PRB) and the States Attorney to discuss legislation.  The PRB and the States Attorney have an issue with automatic parole discharge review at one year and stated public safety as their concern. They want to ensure the youth meets all parole requirements before release by 21 years of age. There was a lengthy discussion and a new proposal was presented on May 23rd. A Three Tier system was presented as an alternative to the original proposal. Commissioner Biehl reported out on the alternate proposal.  Tier 1 is murder with review at 21 years of age.Tier 2 is Class X Felonies with the annual review process proposed by the PRB.Tier 3 is misdemeanors and all other offenses with a 6 month to a year parole automatic end unless an extension is requested. The tiered model was rejected and we will start again in late June.
        2. Work Plan
          Candice and Stephanie will work on strategy. Candice explained that we need a strategic coalition to determine next steps.
      2. Cost/Benefits Analysis
        No updates at this time. This topic will be addressed at the Summit, July 19th. Rob Vickery will send the latest report around to the group.
    4. Youth Engagement
      Youth Network Council (YNC) met to develop a work plan. No further updates at this time. The next meeting is May 29th at 2:00pm.
  5. Annual Report
    The Annual Report is in draft form and Jim Bray says he will have something for us to review by June 15th.
  6. Communications Strategies
    1. Website
      There was a website discussion and they discussed the tab options for the landing page.  Donna explained the site will have publications, link to strategic partner sites, and offer statistics, fact sheets, etc. Rob Vickery believes the publications and newsroom should be separate. Candice will be talking to the necessary parties about obtaining a ".gov" domain.
    2. Messaging
    3. Social Marketing
      Jeff Bradley commented that he liked the idea of having youth blog on the new webpage in collaboration with the Committee. There was a discussion of Facebook and Twitter pages being created and linked to the new webpage. The Commission needs an opportunity to review and give feedback on the web content before posting. 
    4. Three Year Plan Adaptation
      We need to consider how our 3-Year Plan can be transitioned into short reports and a strategy statement that explains the Commission's work. Candice will work with Jim Bray to brain storm.
  7. Other Items / Next Steps
    • Commissioner Biehl announced that the State Bar recommended changing the rules to make Juvenile Appeals Interlocutory. Appeals will be heard in 150 days.
    • Commissioner Franco-Payne notified the group that Commissioner Nelson would like to bring youth to the next meeting to share testimonies.
    • Commissioner Biehl announced there will be a presentation by youth advocates on "Know Your Rights" on Tuesday, May 29th; at 2:00 p.m. The presentation will be at the Northwestern's Bluhm Legal Clinic in the Student Area. The full Commission will be notified of this presentation.
  8. Next meeting date
    June 28, 2012
  9. Adjournment
    Commissioner Michael Rodriguez motioned to adjourn. Commissioner Biehl seconded the motion. All in favor, meeting adjourned at 3:15pm.