Department of Juvenile Justice Mission:

Understanding that youth have different needs than adults, it is the mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice to preserve public safety by reducing recidivism. Youth committed to the Department's care will receive individualized services provided by qualified staff that give them the skills to become productive citizens.

Department Statistics

The Department of Juvenile Justice is in the process of migration to a new data system entitled "Youth 360" and is expected to have additional data capabilities in 2014.

Director's Office:

 

Acting Director - Candice Jones


Chief of Staff Era Laudermilk

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

Deputy Director of Operations – Jesse Montgomery

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 – Heidi Mueller

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 – Thomas Kim

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.

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.

Interim School Superintendent – Rick Gravatt

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 – Beth Compton

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 Intergovernmental Relations – Mary Reynolds

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 - Todd Creviston

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 Kewanee – Superintendent Candice Swift
  • Illinois Youth Center Harrisburg – Superintendent William Peyton
  • Illinois Youth Center Pere Marquette – Superintendent Jamie House
  • Illinois Youth Center St. Charles – Superintendent Michael Steward
  • Illinois Youth Center Warrenville – Superintendent Judy Davis