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Welcome to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice

Featured Articles

  1. Article number 1 - Department of Juvenile Justice Honors Employees
  2. Article number 2 - Governor Rauner Visits the Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles
  3. Article number 3 - IDJJ Unveils 2015 Strategic Plan
  4. Article number 4 - IDJJ Annual Report 2014
  5. Article number 5 - IDJJ Performance Based Standards
  6. Article number 6 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Project at IYC Warrenville
  •  Department of Juvenile Justice Honors EmployeesDepartment of Juvenile Justice Honors Employees

    ​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.
  •  Governor Rauner Visits the Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles

    In March, Governor Rauner spent time visiting youth and staff at the Illinois Youth Center at St. Charles. He met with representatives from the Student Council in the school library and toured classrooms and living quarters to gain a better understanding of the challenges facing youth and the Department.

  •  IDJJ Unveils 2015 Strategic PlanIDJJ Unveils 2015 Strategic Plan

    ​“Improving Youth Outcomes” outlines the Administration’s approach to strategic planning and leveraging public private partnerships in juvenile justice, and a deliberate strategy for improving public safety in the State of Illinois.  The IDJJ’s Operating Plan is the result of a six-month strategic planning initiative funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The Plan focuses on implementing a range of national best practices and evidence-based programs in Illinois’ juvenile justice facilities.  Click here for the press release.

  •  IDJJ Annual Report 2014

    The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice released its first Annual Report in December of 2014.

    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 the changes underway to address them.
  •  IDJJ Performance Based Standards

    The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ) has partnered with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) to utilize Performance Based Standards (PBS), a data-driven improvement model grounded in research that holds juvenile justice agencies to the highest standards for operations, programs and services. PBS was launched in 1995 by the US Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

    The Department receives PBS reports for each of its six facilities. The reports are based on a review of internal metrics, and surveying a random sampling of youth and staff at each facility. The reports cover a range of issue, including: Health, Safety, Family Engagement, and Programming. Additionally, the reports compare the Department’s outcomes to juvenile justice agencies across the country.
  •  MLK Project WarrenvilleMartin Luther King, Jr. Project at IYC Warrenville

    The Writer’s Theatre has performed the Martin Luther King, Jr. Project at Warrenville Youth Center for the past three years.  It is a powerful, passionate performance that highlights Chicago’s connection to the Civil Rights Movement.  Youth are encouraged to participate in an educational discussion following the performance.