IYC-Chicago is located on the west side of the city. The facility houses approximately 80 male youth per day. There are approximately 140 employees at the center. Staff receive ongoing behavioral management and de-escalation training. The center provides individualized programming to meet the needs of each youth, such as GED and high school diploma academic services, an in-patient substance abuse treatment program, mental health services, medical services, leisure time activities, assessments, parenting group, and family engagement programming. In addition, the center receives many volunteer services, including religious services, a musical theatre workshop, and therapeutic canine companionship and training modules. Some volunteer programs include off-site activities. The goal of this enter is to promote public safety while providing an environment that improves the outcomes of our youth.
Department of Juvenile Justice Mission:
The mission of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice is to enhance public safety and positive youth outcomes by providing strength-based individualized services to youth in a safe learning and treatment environment so that they may successfully reintegrate into their communities.
The Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice released its 2016 Annual Report. 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 changes underway to address them.
In March 2015, the IDJJ unveiled its comprehensive strategic plan focusing on five core principles: right-size, rehabilitate, reintegrate, respect, and report. The final principle, report, focuses on enhancing communications and management systems to strengthen operations, improve outcomes, increase public safety, and inform the public.