SPRINGFIELD, October 23, 2013. The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ)’s Director Arthur Bishop today issued a statement on a report commissioned by IDJJ, conducted by Kinsale Management Consulting, following the latest national survey on rates of sexual victimization of youth in juvenile facilities. IDJJ will utilize the analysis and subsequent recommendations to improve Department policies, procedures and security controls to help reduce and prevent sexual victimization of youth in Illinois juvenile facilities and support IDJJ’s continued zero-tolerance policy toward sexual victimization.
"Immediately after the federal Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) survey, 'Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities Reported by Youth 2012: National Survey of Youth in Custody,' was released in June 2013, the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice acted aggressively to continue to reform the Department and implemented an action plan to address the concerns raised in the BJS report. The Department takes these concerns very seriously, and part of the action plan was to hire outside experts to review our policies, procedures, and protocols for prevention of sexual abuse in our facilities."
"We have received their final report and recommendations (PDF). We sincerely appreciate the thorough review that Dr. McChesney and her team with Kinsale Management Consulting completed in a short time frame."