REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE
The Board of Commissioners of
Chairman Collins, Commissioners
Vice Chairman Beavers and Commissioners Claypool, Gorman,
Patrick Driscoll – Deputy State’s Attorney, Chief, Civil Actions Bureau; Daniel J. Brown – Assistant Executive Director; Carlos Quezada – Director of Cermak Mental Health Services, David S. Devane – Executive Director of Sheriff’s Department and Earl Dunlap, Transitional Administrator - The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center
Ladies and Gentlemen:
on Criminal Justice of the Board of Commissioners of Cook County met pursuant
to notice on
Your Committee has considered the following item and, upon adoption of this report, the recommendation is as follows:
The Secretary of the Board informed Chairman Collins that a quorum was not present at this time, but testimony could be taken.
RESOLUTION REGARDING REVIEW OF THE
REVIEW OF THE
WHEREAS, Cook County is a home rule unit
of local government pursuant to Article
WHEREAS, on April 14, 2009 a meeting was held at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (“CCJTDC”) at which time Transitional Administrator Earl Dunlap presented a progress report on the state of the facility; and
WHEREAS, the guests were provided with information on the changes and improvements that have occurred at the CCJTDC since the arrival of Transitional Administrator Earl Dunlap in additional to future plans and continuing development of the facility; and
WHEREAS, this information is valuable in evaluating our compliance with the Memorandum of Agreement and should be presented to the Cook County Board of Commissioners; and
WHEREAS, we are also under a Federal Consent Decree regarding the Cook County Jail and are in need of a progress report in determining our compliance with that decree.
*REFERRED TO THE COMMITTEE ON CRIMINAL JUSTICE 05/05/09.
Patrick Driscoll, Deputy State’s Attorney, Chief, Civil
Actions Bureau, stated that Doe v.s.The Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is pending
in United States District Court before Chief Judge Holderman now who has the
case on reassignment from Judge Nordberg.
This case was started in 1999 and was filed by the ACLU as a class
action covering all detainees at the
Mr. Driscoll stated 9,000 inmates was the daily population at the jail. There are 9,751 available beds and the inmates are no longer bunking on the floors. The Cook County Board of Commissioners has approved the capital improvements, including construction for a new residential treatment unit and reception diagnostic center. There are custodial and non-custodial release programs being implemented by the Sheriff’s Department, Women’s Justice, Mom program, boot camp for custodial programs, electronic monitoring, day reporting, female furlough programs takes inmates out of daily confinement which reduces the number of inmates at the jail.
Chairman Collins asked are the employees getting training
for the technical equipment at the
Earl Dunlap, Transitional Administrator of the
Commissioner Peraica asked how many full time employees are
Mr. Dunlap responded 500 full time employees. (See Attachment #1)
1) George Blakemore – Concerned Citizen
Chairman Collins thanked everyone in attendance and adjourned the meeting for lack of a quorum.
Committee on Criminal Justice
Earlean Collins, Chairman
Matthew B. DeLeon, Secretary
The complete audio recording of this meeting is available in
the Office of the Secretary to the Board,