Lee County

The Lee County Redeploy Illinois program addresses the needs of youth between the ages of 11 and 18 assessed as high risk on the YASI, and who have demonstrated serious, chronic, criminal behavior. Between 2005 and 2007, 95 percent of the youth committed to IDJJ from Lee County were high risk by these standards, demonstrating that the target population is the correct one for reducing the number of committed youth in Lee County.

Youth assigned to the Lee County Redeploy Illinois program participate in a family-oriented intervention called "Parenting with Love and Limits," which is provided locally by therapists on staff at Sinnissippi Centers Inc., a treatment provider in Lee County with a history of providing mental health services to juvenile probationers.

In addition to PLL, which lasts at least 12 months, the Lee County Redeploy Illinois program utilizes a number of other services and systemic changes, including:

  • Case management services
  • Employment assistance
  • Individualized staffing plan for each high risk minor
  • Mentoring and tutoring services
  • Multidisciplinary staff meetings (benchmark meetings) to review the progress of youth participating in Redeploy and make recommendations for ongoing services and support
  • Structured free time and family strengthening activities provided by a local faith-based organization
  • "Thinking for a Change," a National Institute of Corrections curriculum.