January 27, 2021 IJJC Meeting Agenda & Minutes


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


January 27, 2021, 10:30am to 12:00pm


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  1. Welcome & Roll Call
  2. Approval of Minutes 
    October 21, 2020 
  3. Consent Agenda
    1. Director Report
    2. Committee status updates
  4. Three Year Planning
  5. Public Comment
  6. Adjourn


  1. Welcome & Roll Call Chairman
    Rick Velasquez called the meeting to order at 10:36am and invited Executive Director Andrea Hall to perform roll call.
    Commissioners: Marshan Allen, Julie Biehl, Jelani Floyd, Esther Franco-Payne, Ja'Vaune Jackson, Lisa Jacobs, Dr. Amanda Klonsky, Michelle Mbekeani, Briana Payton, Honorable Ben Roe, Keyria Rodgers, Honorable Stephen Sawyer, Rick Velasquez, Dana Weiner ICOY Staff: Katy Culleeny, Seth El-Jamal, Ariel Liddell, Leslie Ress Guests: Betsy Clarke, Cassey Blakely, Shawn Freeman, Peg Robertson, Sosina Tesema, Jasmin Villalpando.
  2. Approval of October 21,2020 Board Meeting Minutes
    Motion: Mr. Velasquez called for a motion to approve the meeting minutes from October 21, 2020. Briana Payton moved approval, Esther Franco-Payne seconded the motion. No abstentions or oppositions. Motion Passed.
  3. Consent Agenda
    Mr. Velasquez explained the terms of a consent agenda. Motion: Mr. Velasquez called for a motion to approve the consent agenda. Dr. Amanda Klonsky moved approval; Lisa Jacobs seconded the motion. No abstentions or oppositions. Motion passed.
  4. Three Year Planning
    Andrea Hall provided updates on the three-year planning process and, alongside Cassey Blakely from the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States, explained the tasks for this meeting. In the previous three-year planning meeting, in December of 2020, Commissioners worked to identify four priority areas, also referred to as goals, as well as objectives that fit under each priority area. In today's meeting, Ms. Hall explained that the commission will split into four different breakout groups, one for each goal, to do more detailed planning and make any revisions.
    The four goals/priority areas are as follows: 1. Maintain full compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Youth do not enter or penetrate the state's juvenile justice system unnecessarily. 3. Youth who enter the juvenile justice system receive developmentally appropriate, individualized support and services which protect their due process and human rights. 4. Youth leave the juvenile justice system and reenter their communities with positive outcomes which in turn enhances public safety. The groups worked to identify potential partners that would be needed to meet their stated objectives and what barriers existed in regard to data and how those barriers might be addressed. Some of the larger system partners and entities noted include Administrative Office Of Illinois Courts (AOIC), Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ), Department of Child and Family Services (DCFS), juvenile probation, community based services, and juvenile detention centers. Groups three and four discussed ways to assess gaps and needs, the need to prioritize issue areas, and how to use Title II funding to address those gaps. Challenging or priority issue areas discussed include carjacking, weapons offenses, adolescent domestic battery, adolescent problematic sexual behavior and the registry, expungement, and reentry. Cassey Blakely advised the Commission that OJJDP will be releasing a funding opportunity to address reentry in their Second Chance Act.
  5. Public Comment
    Mr. Velasquez called for public comment. There was no public comment.
  6. Adjourn
    Meeting adjourned at 12:05pm.