July 18, 2018 Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Meeting


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


July 18, 2018, 10:30am to 1:00pm


  • 401 S Clinton
    1st Floor
    Chicago, IL
  • 823 E Monroe
    Springfield, IL
  • Call In: 888-494-4032
    Code: 5329547331#


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. Fiscal Updates
    1. FY18 Spending
  5. Annual Report
  6. CJJ Conference
  7. Audit
  8. Legislative Updates
  9. Public Comment
  10. Next Meeting
    P&G/Executive Committee Meeting August 15, 2018
    P&G/Full Commission Meeting September 19, 2018
  11. Adjourn


  1. Call to Order
    The Planning & Grants/Full Commission meeting was called to order at 10:35 AM.
  2. Roll Call
    Committee Members: George Timberlake, Lisa Jacobs, George Hill, Rodney Ahitow, Jacqueline Bullard, Dana Weiner, Ja'Vaune Jackson, Patrick Nelson, Angela Randolph, Edward Rangel, and Ben Roe.
    Staff: Wendy Nussbaum, Brian Woodson.
    Guests: Olivia Wilks, Dick Walsh.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Commissioner Jacobs suggested adding an explanation of the review process into the P&G minutes. Commissioner Ahitow motioned to approve the 5.16.18 P&G Committee and Full Commission Meeting minutes with this addition, Commissioner Bullard seconded this motion. Minutes approved.
  4. Fiscal Updates
    1. FY18 Spending
      Wendy Nussbaum highlighted that the FY18 spending report is missing a final EDF from CPRD, ICOY, and DeKalb County. Wendy indicated that she received DuPage's EDF after the circulation of this document. Wendy articulated that the Commission is almost completely expended with the exception of Kane County who underspent some. Kane County requested a budget amendment, but it was denied due to its proximity to the end of the fiscal year.
  5. Committee Reports
    1. DMC
      1. Committee Update
        Olivia reported that the DMC Committee invited individuals from Loyola to discuss their efforts around School Discipline Reform and what data will prove informative. Loyola provided feedback on the letter and suggested changes to strengthen its message. Olivia reported that the DMC Committee is taking these suggestions to improve the letter based on school resource officers. Commissioner Timberlake indicated he spoke with James Smith and Senator Lightford regarding school truancy rates in low income communities of color in Chicago. Commissioner Timberlake suggested that partnering with James Smith could be valuable to better understand the full picture of expulsion and drop-out rates for youth of color.
      2. Redeploy/IJJC Collaboration
        Olivia indicated that together with DHS staff they have been evaluating the DMC plans proposed by each Redeploy site to incorporate recommendations into the larger feedback created from the intensive site visits. Olivia discussed developing a curriculum on DMC reduction to be provided to sites. The Commission indicated that If there are generalities expressed by those sites the Commission should work to bring that together and work to create consensus about an action plan. George Timberlake indicated that in the past there was training done by Crossroads on structural bias and it was a successful place to begin the conversation.
      3. DMC Training and Technical Assistance
    2. JDAI
    3. JJ Councils
      DeKalb County, Kane County, St. Clair County, and Morgan County submitted performance measures specific to their agencies and program plans to track their outcomes and to guide how the Commission can provide individualized support and technical assistance. The youth serving organizations also sent performance measures to Wendy Nussbaum to guide how the Commission can evaluate accountability. Commissioners requested a grid of each funded site with their corresponding performance measures. Wendy indicated that she is working on that and will share it with the Commission. The TA team met to solidify the expectations and measures used to measure the work of the funded sites. The Commission discussed that Susan Witkin's position has not yet been filled, but CPRD is still hiring for this position. Dana Weiner indicated that Olivia and her had discussed how to use data more effectively and she indicated she was willing to resume those conversations.
    4. Compliance Monitoring
      Dick Walsh indicated that a DeWitt County JMIS report indicated that a 17 year old was sentenced to 30 days in county jail and in Crawford County a young person was sentenced to 2 days in county jail. Dick indicated that the amount of violations had increased dramatically this fiscal year. Specifically Dick mentioned that Alton County has had a dramatic increase in violations and was unaware of the 6 hour rule. Dick indicated that there are 200 violations and the Commission should expect that number to go up. Dick suggested that he will go through these departments to see if there are mistakes being made. Jackie Bullard asked if it was possible to get the names of the kids being held so that she could reach out to the public defenders in those counties. Jackie indicated that she can reach out to Crawford and DeWitt. Jackie suggested that someone create a one pager to highlight the differences between state and federal compliance law.
      Jackie discussed the new defender center and its focus on a few targeted issues in the first year. One of the first issues is detention. Dick suggested the Commission should go to the police training board to incorporate this information. The Commission asked who is the best contact at the training board and Wendy indicated she knew someone in an administrative role and Dick could work to isolate someone to talk to about this issue. The Commission suggested that Dick start to provide a profile of youth who are in those situations. The Commission discussed the ongoing need for law enforcement to participate actively on the Commission.
  6. IJJC 2016-2017 Annual Report
    Wendy discussed the first draft of the annual report that will be submitted to the legislature and governor that will encompass two years. Wendy asked for the Commission to review the draft.
  7. CJJ Conference
    George Timberlake discussed his engagement with Caren Harp the new director of OJJDP. The Commission discussed the contentious meeting held by CJJ with director Harp in which there was push back on the developmental approach, the prioritization of DMC, and the emphasis on public safety. The Commission discussed that there seem to be restructuring efforts within OJJDP and potentially a dismantling of the research and data unit at OJJDP. The Commission indicated it would like to continue to collect all 9 decision points on DMC to ensure that our state is aware of the progress or challenges each county faces and to build local data collection capacities.
  8. Compliance Monitoring Audit
  9. Legislative Updates
  10. Public Comment
    None heard.
  11. Next Meeting
    P&G/Executive Committee Meeting August 15, 2018
    P&G/Full Commission Meeting September 19, 2018
  12. Adjourn
    Commissioner Timberlake motioned to adjourn. The meeting was adjourned at 11:36 AM.