Lee County Juvenile Justice Council

The mission of the Lee County Juvenile Justice Council is to develop a community network that fosters the prevention of juvenile delinquency and promotes balanced and restorative justice.

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Meeting minutes

Juvenile Justice Council Schedule 2016-17

Meetings are held in the conference room on the fourth floor of the new Lee County Courthouse at 8:00a.m.

January 2017

January 21, 2016

March 17, 2016

May 19, 2016

July 21, 2016

September 15, 2016

November 17, 2016

Lee County Juvenile Justice Plan

Redeploy Program

The Redeploy Program is a program designed to provide services to youth between the ages of 13 and 17 who are in the Juvenile Justice System and at risk of being committed to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice.  The program links youth and their families to an array of services and supports them within the home by building a continuum of services in the least restrictive manner possible.

The Mission of the Redeploy Program is to provide intensive services for medium to high risk minors and their families by Providing individualized, community-based, intensive family intervention that is designed to engage parents and teach them effective family management skills.

Redeploy was implemented in 2009.

Services Provided in the Redeploy Program
Case management
Intensive Family Intervention (Parenting with Love and Limits, PLL)
Education assistance/linkage
Individual counseling
Employment assistance
Development of an individualized plan through Benchmark Meetings
Mentoring/Tutoring services
Family strengthening activities

Graduation Requirements
Successful completion of the PLL Program
Successfully meeting Benchmark goals
Conditions of Court met

Contact Information
For more information on the PLL Program, please visit www.gopll.com

Juvenile Success Stories

One of our Redeploy success stories consists of a 15 year old teenage girl who had been arrested for Aggravated Battery at school. She had been having serious anger issues with volatile outbursts with peers and with school staff for the year just prior to becoming officially involved in our court system. Besides volatility, she had truancy issues, bad grades and numerous school suspensions. She also admitted that she had been experimenting with drugs and alcohol with anti-social friends.

 

This teens parents had divorced a couple of years earlier and she had lived for a time with her mother and two older siblings who have similar issues, but was living with her father for a short period of time at the time of her arrest. Her mother had great difficulty in giving proper boundaries and setting consequences with all of her teenage children. Her initial YASI assessment revealed her being in the high risk domains of violence/aggression, mental health, skills and community/peer categories.

 

This teen and her mother started participating in the Parenting with Love and Limits Program (PLL) when it was recommended to them by Probation and Juvenile Court. Within a couple of months into the program this teen started to make wrong choices with hanging out with the same friends and testing positive for drugs. At this juncture, it was collaboratively discussed between PLL staff and Probation and the court that it would be in her best interest to go into a local residential program for four months. She needed to confront and work on some anger issues and her criminal thinking issues prior to confronting her substance abuse issues.  She then went into the Alternative to Detention (ATD) program for help with those issues.  She resisted the therapy there at first, but found that she had to really work on herself if she was going to make any significant progress at that juncture. Once she completed that program it was found that she needed additional services around her substance Abuse so she then entered the CHOICES program at Nachusa, a residential treatment program. 

In the beginning, it was discovered that she wasn’t being honest with staff and neither was her mother in certain areas that required complete honesty. Her mother was also called out for enabling her daughter in lying to staff about certain issues. They both realized at that point that they needed to deal with more than just substance abuse issues in order for the teen to make any significant changes in her life.  That is when real changes started happening for both mother and daughter. She was also clinically evaluated during this period and was given proper medication which stabilized her severe mood issues.  Probation and PLL staff continued to meet with mother and daughter weekly throughout the residential placement. Discharge planning between ATD managers and PLL staff and Probation was mutually agreed upon which included weekend home visits prior to discharge. She had been working on her GED while in ATD and was successfully released from ATD. After meeting all of her Benchmarks for the Redeploy program she successfully graduated from it in court during the month of June. She is very close to finishing  her GED and she is going to pursue a degree in nursing in the near future.

Overall, serious changes were made in relation to her social skills with peers and authority figures, she was able to manage her anger in healthier ways, and was taught and practiced healthy coping skills learned while in treatment and in PLL. Her mother has learned how to be a healthier parent in order to help her child become a productive member of society with skills learned in PLL. We are all very impressed with their hard work, perseverance and self-discipline for sticking it out and making serious heart and mind changes!

Juvenile Court Process

After a juvenile is arrested by a police department, copies of the police report are forwarded to the State Attorney's office and probation department. If the juvenile is not currently on Probation or Court Supervision, the juvenile and parents/guardians will be mailed a Preliminary Conference Appointment and questionnaire.

At the Preliminary Conference Appointment, the Juvenile Intake Officer will gather information about the minor and family to prepare a Preliminary Conference Report for the State's Attorney. Once the report is completed and a copy is provided to the State's Attorney, the State's Attorney will decide whether the case is station adjusted, sent back to the probation department for a diversion program, or a juvenile court case is filed.

If a juvenile court case is filed, the juvenile and parents/guardians are mailed a first appearance court date. At the first appearance, the minor and parents are apprised of the charges and their rights. If the parents are unable to hire an attorney, a guardian ad litem is appointed to the juvenile and an appearance with counsel is set.

If the juvenile is found not guilty, the juvenile court case is closed and there is no juvenile record. If the juvenile is found guilty or pleads to the juvenile court case, he/she will be placed on Court Supervision or Probation. The juvenile and their parents/guardians will stop in the juvenile probation department prior to leaving the courthouse on the day he/she is placed on Court Supervision/Probation to fill out contact information. Then the juvenile's probation officer will mail the juvenile and their parents/guardians an appointment date and time. The parent/guardian must be present at the first appointment. The Court Order and all expectations will be explained at the first appointment.

Definitions


Probation-
a period of time, determined by the Court, in which testing or observing of a client’s conduct and character is done to ensure that the client completes conditions of the Court Order. There is a conviction/adjudication on the client’s record.


Court Supervision-
this is essentially the same as probation with the exception that if the client successfully completes the term ordered by the Court then there is no conviction/adjudication on the client’s record.


Conviction/Adjudication-
There is an official record of the case and findings when a background check is conducted.


Preliminary Conference Appointment-
an in-depth appointment in which a juvenile intake officer gathers information about the juvenile and family to identify risk and needs. No statement made during the conference about the offense may be admitted in a court proceeding against the minor prior to the minor being convicted. In addition, the minor will not be required to talk about the offense if s/he so desires.


Preliminary Conference Report-
This is the completed report using the information gathered during the Preliminary conference Appointment. This is an objective report about the minor and family used to help identify risk and needs.


Station adjusted-
This means that the case is closed and there is no official record in the juvenile’s background.


Diversion Program-
This is an agreement between the probation department, juvenile and juvenile’s parents/guardians that the juvenile will complete certain conditions and stay out of trouble with the law for a period of time. If the juvenile successfully completes the conditions, the arrest charges are not filed with the Juvenile Court System therefore there is not a juvenile record.


First appearance Court Date-
This is the first time that the minor and parents/guardians are to be in court on the alleged charges. The alleged charges and rights will be read to the juvenile and parents/guardians by the Judge. If the family cannot afford an attorney, an attorney will be appointed at this time.


Guardian ad litem-
This is an attorney representing the juvenile.


Appearance with Counsel-
This is the first time that the juvenile will be required in court with his/her attorney.