FOURTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT JUVENILE JUSTICE COUNCIL
The Fourth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council is first and foremost committed to the values and principals of fundamental fairness, youth are different, individual differences, youth potential, family engagement, community engagement, community safety, accountability and cost effectiveness set forth by the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission.
The Fourth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council is made up geographically of nine counties: Christian, Clay, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Jasper, Marion, Montgomery and Shelby. It is one of the largest circuits in the state.
In existence since 2003 at the initial meeting for a circuit wide Juvenile Justice Council, members were selected, bylaws adopted and officers elected. On May 9, 2007, the Fourth Judicial Circuit Juvenile Justice Council (JJC) was incorporated as an Illinois not-for-profit corporation. The Fourth Circuit JJC brings together local justice system leaders, community members, youth, families, service providers, educators and other stakeholders to develop strategies to prevent and address juvenile delinquency and juvenile abuse effectively and efficiently. The development of local juvenile justice plans will continue to guide development of policies to appropriately divert youth and families from the justice system while maintaining public safety, create and sustain strategies to intervene effectively with youth who do become involved in the justice system and ensure that the justice system produces positive outcomes for young people, victims of youth crime and the community.
Our annual conference, Common Ground: Community, Kids, Courts & Education is attended by 300+ individuals from across the circuit and state.