ReDeploy Illinois serves Illinois delinquent youth
When I was Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, I was proud to serve on the board of ReDeploy Illinois, a state initiative to treat juvenile offenders. ReDeploy Illinois attempts to serve juvenile offenders in their communities rather than committing them to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. A link to the Illinois Department of Human Services website explaining ReDeploy Illinois may be found at: https://www.dhs.state.il.us/page.aspx?item=31991.
During its first three years of the pilot sites of ReDeploy Illinois, 400 fewer youths were sent to the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. During my tenure as Executive Director, the program was expanded from four sites to five, the Authority provided ongoing research and data of the success of the program and Governor Pat Quinn signed legislation making it a permanent state program.
Recently, a downstate newspaper publicized the success of two of their local ReDeploy Illinois programs. That story may be found at https://www.bnd.com/2012/02/12/2055155/jail-isnt-the-only-option-now.html.
In 1899, Jane Addams helped start the first Juvenile Court in the nation in Chicago, Illinois. It is only fitting that Illinois is now trying to lead, once again, to provide services to delinquent youth and keep them out of the juvenile, and ultimately, adult correctional institutions.