April 8, 2015 Executive Committee Meeting


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


April 8. 2015, 11:00a.m. to 1:00p.m.


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


  1. Call to Order
  2. Roll Call
  3. Approval of Minutes
  4. New Business
    1. Review Compliance Monitoring Activities
    2. Bylaws: Public Comment
    3. Project Updates
  5. Next Meeting: June 17, 2015
  6. Adjourn


  1. Call to Order
    Meeting was called to order at 11:02am.
  2. Roll Call
    Present: Chairman George Timberlake, Rick Velasquez and Lisa Jacobs. No Quorum. Staff: Rob Vickery, Julie Stremlau, Karima Douglas, Ron Smith. Guests: Susan Witkin and Kanako Ishida.
  3. Approval of Minutes
    Unable to approve due to lack of quorum.
  4. New Business
    None noted.
  5. Review Compliance Monitoring Activities
    Executive Director, Rob Vickery went over the Compliance monitoring process, including the specific tasks, individuals responsible, and documentation. There are concerns about being out of compliance in the future, particularly regarding jail removal. Commissioner Jacobs added that we get a review of the physical plants through Illinois Department of Corrections (IDOC) as well. She noted that we receive great technical assistance from IDOC staff and this goes along well with the IJJC goal to ensure proper treatment of youth: we remain in compliance and have information we would not normally know through our partnership with IDOC. Commissioner Jacobs did reflect upon the IJJC concerns about the current budget issues, data collection and evidence based practices. Commissioner Velasquez believes the current process does not address the concerns with treatment of youth and there is a better way to address this in the long term. Compliance Monitor, Ron Smith noted it took Illinois 3 years to get facilities in compliance. Commissioner Jacobs stated she does not get a sense that kids are being overly held and that we seem to comply and if not we work to resolve. Following the discussion, the following steps were the consensus of the group: Improve data collection with Illinois Collaboration on Youth (ICOY) and the Center for Prevention Research and Development (CPRD). No opportunity to cut monitoring funding but need to further develop the partnership with IDOC to address the continuing concerns. Scale back the ICOY contract of the monitors but maximize our data analysis. Commissioner Jacobs deferred work issues concerning the compliance monitors to ICOY as they supervise the monitors.
  6. Bylaws: Public Comment
    Karima Douglas, DMC Coordinator explained the bylaws and the suggestion that specific rules for public comment be added. The group discussed the amendments of the bylaws and specific areas of concern. Materials were reviewed by the group and will be verified and voted on by the full Commission.
  7. Project Updates
    The committee discussed the Pay for Success project, particularly the evaluation funding approved for DCFS. Commissioner Velasquez reported that the private sector provider group is in the negotiation phase with DCFS and the Governor's Office. There is no concrete timeframe for moving to the next phase of the project.
  8. Next Meeting: June 17, 2015
  9. Adjourn
    Meeting was adjourned at 11:59am.