Audience

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Planning and Grants Members and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.

Date/Time

August 19, 2015, 9:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Location

  • 401 S Clinton
    7th Floor Secretary's
    Conference Room
    Chicago, IL
  • Call In:  888-4944032 
    Code:  5329547331#

Agenda

  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Planning & Grants, July 8, 2015
  4. Fiscal Update
  5. Funding Requests
    1. Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project
    2. Circles and Ciphers for City-wide Restorative Justice Event
  6. Other Project Updates
    1. BARJ Study
  7. New Business
  8. Public Comment
  9. Adjournment

Minutes

  1. Call to Order
    Meeting was called to order at 9:08am.
  2. Roll Call
    Chairman Lisa Jacobs, IJJC Chairman George Timberlake, Julie Biehl, George Hill, Esther Franco-Payne and Rick Velasquez. Quorum Present.
    Guests: Jacqueline Bullard, Susan Witkin, Erica Hughes. Sara Balgoyen, Elena Quintana, and Connie Kaiser from IBARJ. Staff: Robert Vickery, Karima Douglas and Julie Stremlau.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Planning & Grants, July 8, 2015 - Minutes combined with IJJC meeting so will be approved at that meeting.
  4. Fiscal Update
    Executive Director, Rob Vickery gave fiscal update. All 2016 Contracts are posted and signed. The 2011 Title II and 2011 JABG funds are expended. Rob announced we are undergoing a review by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and the Department of OJJDP and DOJ the end of August. There was a discussion about access to contract and project information. Executive Director Vickery will give more detail on the website. It was noted ICOY is due to give a quarterly report to the IJJC.
    IJJC Chairman Timberlake gave a Federal update. He explained that the Reauthorization passed the Senate Judiciary Committee. This came about as a result of all the compliance hearings. He noted that the bill is much better than its initial version. More updates to follow.
    1. Funding Requests
      1. Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project
        IBARJ re-presented their request for a total of $75,000. A smaller amount, $33,400, was approved in July because of confusion about the application documents. Three members of IBARJ were present. They explained their work in the detention centers including training, technical assistance and system impact. Sustainability is a concern of the IJJC. IBARJ responded they will depend on those trained to continue the work and believe it will be self-sustaining. Champaign, Peoria, Winnebago and Lake participated. Commissioners Velasquez and Franco-Payne requested further information on their current work and who they fund. IBARJ will provide an updated description for the group to review and finalize their decision. A special meeting will be held by the IJJC to vote on this. Date and time to be announced later. 
      2. Circles and Ciphers for City-wide Restorative Justice Event
        This group does work with justice involved youth. They use hip hop to reach kids who have been victims of violence, etc. Commissioner Viets-VanLear does work for this group. Funding will be provided as part of ICOY's Youth Engagement Budget. 
    2. Other Project Updates
      1. BARJ Study
        Discussed the BARJ study requested by House Resolution 396 in partnership with the Juvenile Justice Initiative, the Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice Project , and other groups. Commissioner Biehl asked if the Commission will be taking on the report (HR396). She believes the Commission does not have the resources or the time to do this properly. Chairman Timberlake noted that the restorative justice committee is our audience and we need to examine each category. We need to know what supports in legislation exist. It is the IJJC's job to collect those recommendations from all involved and the Commission should be involved in this process. Commissioners discussed strategies for compiling sections of the report written by each group and developing recommendations. The discussion moved toward coordinating of the report through developing an outline and process.
  5. New Business
    None noted.
  6. Public Comment
    None noted.
  7. Adjournment
    Commissioner Hill motioned to adjourn and Chairman Timberlake seconded the motion. Meeting adjourned at 11:25am.