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Department of Juvenile Justice Mission: 

The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is to enhance public safety and positive youth outcomes by providing strength-based individualized services to youth in a safe learning and treatment environment so that they may successfully reintegrate into their communities. 

Annual Report 

The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice released its 2016 Annual Report.  The Annual Report provides an overview of IDJJ; where the Department has been and where it is headed.  Critical issues facing the Department are outlined, as well as changes underway to address them. 

Department Statistics

In March 2015, the IDJJ unveiled its comprehensive strategic plan focusing on five core principles:  right-size, rehabilitate, reintegrate, respect, and report.  The final principle, report, focuses on enhancing communications and management systems to strengthen operations, improve outcomes, increase public safety, and inform the public.  Visit the "Data & Reports" page to access Department statistics. 


Director's Office: 

Director - Heidi Mueller

Director Heidi Mueller was previously named Deputy Director of Programs for the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice in 2014. In that role, Mrs. Mueller served as the principal policy-making official for all of the Department's programs including healthcare, behavioral health services, vocational and recreational programming. In addition, Mrs. Mueller  conceptualized and implemented the core IDJJ intervention and behavioral management programs.

Director Mueller earned her degree in Psychology and History from Macalester College. She also received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago Law School.

Chief of Staff  - Marron Mahoney (Interim)

The Chief of Staff coordinates and reviews the Department's long-term goals and objectives, evaluates the efficiency of existing policies, procedures, and programs, and monitors compliance.  The Chief of Staff directs staff in the review and analysis of Department programs to ensure policy objectives are met.

Deputy Director of Operations - William Peyton

The Deputy Director of Operations is responsible for the overall operations of all six youth facilities within the Department. The Deputy is responsible for all aspects relating to security, staffing, training, investigations and audits.

Deputy Director of Programs – Robert Vickery

The Deputy Director of Programs serves as the principal policy-making official, conceptualizing, developing and implementing program services for the Department. The Deputy assists in the planning and coordination of goals and objectives, and formulates and executes policies and procedures for statewide programs and services that are evidence-based.

Deputy Director of Aftercare – Eva Moore

The Deputy Director of Aftercare exercises principal programmatic responsibility of the formulation and implementation of statewide aftercare policy for all juvenile community supervision, case management, public safety, family, and aftercares services.

Senior Policy Advisor  - Samantha A. Gaddy

The Senior Policy Advisor advises the Director and Executive Staff of policy, research, and best-practices in the juvenile field. The Advisor also analyzes legislative proposals and statutes and directs and manages the creation and revision of administrative policies, directives, and rules.

Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)Officer - Jim Crowley

The EEO Officer responds to the needs of department employees on sensitive matters such as harrassment and discrimination, disability accommodation and employee assistance. The EEO Officer also maintains workforce statistics and reports required by the Department of Human Rights.

Superintendent of Schools – Dr. Sophia Jones-Redmond

In consultation with the District School Board, the Superintendent develops, administers, and evaluates the statewide educational programs for juvenile facilities, including the academic, career, and technical education programs. The School Superintendent serves as the Chief Administrative Officer for the DJJ School District #428.

Chief Legal Counsel – Marron Mahoney

The Chief Legal Counsel provides legal and policy advice on all matters which impact the Department, and directs all legal and policy work of the agency. The Counsel represents the agency on all legal matters with other government entities, including federal, other state, county and municipal offices to ensure that all actions, procedures and functions of the department comply with appropriate laws, rules, and regulations.

Chief of Mental Health Services – Dr. Jennifer Jaworski

The Chief of Mental Health Services plans, organizes, directs and evaluates all mental health services for the Department to be implemented within the facilities. The Chief initiatives and directs the design and implementation of special treatment programs and all related programs for juveniles with special needs, and establishes professional standards for services and monitors compliance. The Chief implements effective screening and assessment methods to provide evidence-based case managed treatment services for behavioral health programming in all DJJ facilities.

Chief of Professional Development & Training - Marna Goodman

The chief of professional development and training is responsible for developing, administering, and directing operations and activities for professional development and training within the agency; develops training programs, establishes policies, and formulates procedure which govern professional development and training needs and requirements for all employees.

Chief of Intergovernmental Relations – Aaron Harris

The Chief of Intergovernmental Relations coordinates and monitors legislation that impacts the department, assists in drafting legislation, and advises the Department on the status of legislation. The Chief educates and communicates with legislators on juvenile justice activities and policies.

Labor Relations Administrator - Brian Adams

Labor Relations is responsible for monitoring and assisting with the implementation of the various Union Contracts that cover Department employees.  Labor Relations represents the Department at contract negotiations, 3rd level grievance hearings, Civil Service Commission hearings, and coordinates arbritrations with Central Managment Service attorneys.  Labor Relations also liaisons with other state entities regarding labor relations issues. 

Illinois Youth Center Superintendents

At each of the six Illinois Youth Centers, the Superintendents plan, develop, organize, control, direct, and manage the programs and operations of each of the Youth Centers. The Superintendents are responsible for the operational effectiveness of the facility and the overall care and custody of youth.

  • Illinois Youth Center Chicago – Superintendent Olukayode Idowu
  • Illinois Youth Center Harrisburg – Acting Superintendent Jeremy Burtis
  • Illinois Youth Center Pere Marquette – Superintendent Jamie House
  • Illinois Youth Center St. Charles – Acting Superintendent Christine Rothwell
  • Illinois Youth Center Warrenville – Superintendent Judy Davis

IDJJ Procurement

All procurements let by the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice that exceed Small Purchase threshold and are subject to the Procurement Code may be viewed on the “Illinois Bid” section of the Illinois Procurement Bulletin. Please click on the link below to access the Illinois Procurement Bulletin.

Illinois Procurement Bulletin