Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Compliance Committee Members and Staff. The public is welcome to attend.
August 18, 2022 Time: 1:00pm
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Rick Velasquez stated that he did not believe there has been adequate effort to provide local districts feedback, to make sure that they are aware of the issue. The IJJC's work with detention centers has shown that when you begin showing the data, they are willing to engage. The power of information and relationship building is critical in the process.
Bob Bowen stated that the Illinois Chief of Police Association has a new Executive Director. Kenny Winslow is a former Chief of the Springfield Police Department. This might be the time to build a relationship with him to begin a new conversation about compliance challenges statewide. His colleagues speak highly of him.
Tobara Richardson stated that she has identified Ashly Wright as a potential resource. Ms. Wright has worked with previous and current Attorney Generals. Tobara tated that if there is something to address, it could be added to the IJJC list of items to bring to her attention. Tobara asked the Commission to brief her office about the statute and the issue. She also stated that if the compliance issue can be packaged in a brief set of statements, it could be communicated clearly. Lastly, she stated that she doesn't make any final decisions but could support the process and build the relationship.
Bob Bowen reminded the Commission that changing the rules on compliance violations relative to jail removal will be a legislative fight. He stated that he believed in the idea of making statutes consistent across the board and would be beneficial for the Department of Corrections. The police chiefs see the flexibility of the current 16 hours as a benefit.
Andrea Hall explained that one of the IJJC interns suggested establishing a city ordinance that aligns with the Federal statute, working with Mayor Lightfoot stating that CPD cannot hold youth longer than 6 hours.
Bob Bowen stated that the problem with the 6-hour rule is that municipalities must rely on probation officers to arrive at a facility within the 6-hour time period and they cannot.
Lisa Jacobs stated that the Commission should divide the current challenges into three areas of work. These are listed below
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