Compliance Monitoring

Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
for Calendar Years 2007 and 2008

February 10, 2009

Compliance Monitoring

Compliance monitoring is not considered a core requirement, however, pursuant to Section 223(a)(14) of the JJDP Act, the state must provide for an adequate system of monitoring jails, lockups, detention facilities, correctional facilities, and non-secure facilities to insure compliance with the JJDP Act Core Requirements: Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, Separation of Adult and Juvenile Offenders, and Jail Removal. Accordingly, the Commission funded the Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) and in SFY2008 the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) to monitor facilities. In addition, the Commission employs a full time statewide compliance monitor to train and accompany IDOC and IDJJ staff in statutorily mandated Jail and Detention Center monitoring visits.

Status of Compliance

  • In calendar year 2006, monitoring and technical assistance visits were conducted at 442 full and part-time municipal lockups, 67 county jails, and 17 juvenile detention centers.
  • In calendar year 2007, monitoring and technical assistance visits were conducted at 453 full and part-time municipal lockups, 93 county jails, 17 juvenile detention centers and 5 Department of Juvenile Justice correctional facilities.
  • In the first nine months of calendar year 2008, 407 visits were conducted.

Beyond the core requirements of the federal JJDP act, the Commission promotes many activities designed to strengthen the juvenile justice system. These activities include juvenile justice data collection, and efforts to improve and increase access to counsel, detention alternatives, mental health services, and the operation of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.