The Office of the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman (OIJO) is an independent office co-aligned with Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), created by Senate Bill 2352 (Public Act 98-1032) in 2014. The Ombudsman’s role is to ensure that the rights of youth committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice are fully observed, and to assist in pursuing services for committed youth and their families determined to be in need of assistance. (730 ILCS 5/3-2.7-1, et seq.) Governor Rauner appointed Kathleen Bankhead as Ombudsman in 2015.
The OIJO reports directly to Governor Bruce Rauner and Members of the Illinois General Assembly.
The OIJO may be contacted:
Office of the Independent Juvenile Ombudsman
Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
1112 S. Wabash Ave. 2nd floor
Chicago, IL 60605
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