Suffredin- An Advocate for All of Us  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
  The Cook County Forest Preserve District maintains over 70 miles of bicycle trails.
   
     
     
     



Juvenile detention center to get review

Monday, November 07, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times
by ANNIE SWEENEY Crime Reporter

Teams of local experts will go inside the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in coming weeks to see how the youth jail measures up against some of the toughest national standards.

Several volunteers, who work inside and outside the juvenile justice system, were trained last week by attorneys from the Youth Law Center, a national firm that focuses on juvenile justice, about how to assess conditions inside the center at 1100 S. Hamilton.

The assessments are part of a comprehensive review organized by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which contacted the county after recent reports of trouble at the center.

The Chicago Sun-Times has reported criminal background checks were ordered after officials discovered some employees had felony backgrounds, including one who had attempted-murder charges filed against him. More recently, the paper reported about the practice of staff allegedly allowing residents to fight in specially designated rooms.

Agreement with ACLU

But complaints about the center, for years known as the Audy Home, are not new.

Back in 1998, the John Howard Association, a prison reform group, issued a long report about conditions inside the center, and the following year, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of several residents. Allegations in the suit ranged from physical assaults by staff to substandard health care.

An agreement was reached between the ACLU and the county, but ACLU officials have expressed concern in recent months that conditions have not really improved.

Officials from the county and the Casey Foundation said they believe this time will be different.

The local inspections are being done in conjunction with other evaluations, said Bart Lubow, director of the Program for High Risk Youth at the Baltimore-based Casey Foundation.

For example, Supt. Jerry Robinson, a former deputy superintendent for the Chicago Police Department before taking over at the center in June, has been teamed with a national expert in juvenile justice for guidance and help, Lubow said. And the Casey Foundation plans to send in additional outside experts to further examine health-related issues at the center, including the physical treatment of residents.

Youths to be interviewed

Eventually, Lubow would like to see a "model unit'' established that will include all of the best practices.

"The most important difference is that what I have heard and seen is strong indication that the County Board president and the County Board want to use this as a way to finally fix this,'' Lubow said.

Michael Rohan, the director of Juvenile Probation and Court Services for the county, agreed, saying he had "very high hopes this process will provide opportunities for significant systemic change."

Those on the local inspection teams -- which also include two former residents -- are equally determined to get inside and talk to kids to get an honest idea of how things are being run, said Rick Velasquez, executive director of Youth Outreach Services, a Chicago social service agency, and the chairman of the group that will do the assessments.

"If we see it, we say it,'' said Velasquez, who said he also welcomes a certain level of skepticism of this latest effort. "We have to continue to make sure this process has a lot of integrity and that it's transparent.''



Recent Headlines

Preteens out of detention before trial under new ordinance
Friday, September 14, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Board bars detention of youth under 13 years old
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Injustice Watch

Preteens accused of crimes won't be locked up at Cook County juvenile center
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Slowik: Cook County offers residents last chance to comment on strategic plan
Thursday, September 13, 2018
Daily Southtown

Settlement over Cook County's 2007 decision to cut inmates' dental care will cost nearly $5.3 million
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Anti-patronage Shakman pact requiring federal oversight of Cook County hiring, firing to end
Friday, August 31, 2018
Chicago Tribune

1st District upholds merit board in firing of deputy
Thursday, August 30, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Neighborhood program helps Cook County residents buy homes
Sunday, August 26, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

Judge upholds Cook County firearm, ammunition taxes
Thursday, August 23, 2018
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Editorial: E-filing should make Cook County courts more accessible. It doesn't
Wednesday, August 22, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Cook County tax incentive could pave way for Wingstop, Dunkin' Donuts on Elgin's Summit Street
Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Editorial: What happened to the elk?
Friday, August 10, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Wells Fargo to offer $15,000 grants to potential Cook County homebuyers
Thursday, August 09, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Suit alleges Cook County detainees secretly monitored in bathrooms in holding cells at courthouses
Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Half the elk at Busse Woods died last year, and officials arenít sure why
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

A letter from Dr. Jay Shannon regarding gun violence and Stroger Hospital
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

As Evanston adapts to minimum wage hike, nearby towns say they have no plan to join in
Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Chicago Tribune

Lawsuit could blast a $250 million hole in county budget
Monday, August 06, 2018
Crain's Chicago Business

Pappas: Automatic refunds of $19.5 million going to 53,000 homeowners because of property tax cuts
Monday, August 06, 2018
Special to suffredin.org

Thousands of Cook County homeowners to receive property tax refunds
Monday, August 06, 2018
Chicago Sun-Times

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP