On May 5, 2015, the Department of Juvenile Justice joined the Department of Corrections at a ceremony to recognize the departments' past and present heroes. The ceremony honored the memory of IDOC and IDJJ fallen heroes who died in the line of duty. The agencies also recognized the outstanding contributions of their current employees.
Aftercare Specialist Adriana Morales at the IDJJ Aurora Office was named the IDJJ 2015 Aftercare Specialist of the Year. Featured in the picture on the right are IDJJ Director Candice Jones, Aftercare Specialist Adriana Morales, and IDJJ Deputy Director for Aftercare Eva Moore. Morales works diligently to match youth with services that will result in a positive experience for them and the community at large. Her professionalism and commitment to the job make her a valuable employee of the department in its mission to support the successful reentry process of youth back to their families and communities.
Juvenile Justice Specialist William Sievers from the Illinois Youth Center at Pere Marquette was named the IDJJ 2015 Juvenile Justice Specialist of the Year. Featured in the picture on the left are IDJJ Director Candice Jones, Juvenile Justice Specialist William Sievers, and IDJJ Deputy Director for Operations Jesse Montgomery. Sievers serves as a role model to youth and staff, and demonstrates years of knowledgeable experience working with youth.