The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) is a detention facility for juveniles between the ages of ten and up to twenty-one. The facility has a rated capacity of eighty beds and was constructed to allow for the expansion of eighty additional beds. The Kane County JJC is a regional detention facility and currently has intergovernmental agreements with six counties; DeKalb, DuPage, Kendall, McHenry, Ogle, and Stephenson.
The mission of the Kane County JJC is to provide an educationally conducive environment, which is secure, based on legal standards and community values.
The function of the Juvenile Justice Center is to provide safe, humane and secure temporary custody for juveniles pending court proceedings, or those who have been adjudicated on delinquent charges. Juveniles are detained through Court orders, warrants, and at the request of local police departments if deemed appropriate by a screening tool. Juveniles may be held until they are adjudicated delinquent and can also be sentenced for up to thirty days.
JJC youth counselors are court-appointed officers with a minimum of a Bachelor's degree who are responsible for maintaining the security of the facility; ensuring the safe and secure custody of each resident; monitoring the behavior of the residents; and providing for their physical and emotional needs.
The behavior management program at the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center is predicated upon a cognitive model of psychology, Cognitive Behavior Training (CBT). The cognitive-behavioral framework is a model for describing, understanding, and changing behavior. It operates on the fundamental assumption that thinking and attitudes influence our behavior; and therefore, we can change behavior by changing thought patterns and attitudes. Simply put, the cognitive model states that prior to all human behaviors, a person is presented with an initial event. Based on that event, a person has certain self-talk (thoughts) that give rise to feelings and then to the behavior that they chose to exhibit. This behavior results in consequences, which then introduces a new event, and the cycle repeats itself again.
Research indicates that the highest risk factors for reoffending are criminogenic thinking and attitudes; therefore, the JJC uses the cognitive model because its goal is to change such thinking. The model uses techniques to monitor thought patterns, recognize the connections between thinking and behavior, and replace distorted thinking with rational thinking in order to foster more appropriate behavior. The JJC challenges our residents to pay attention to the thought patterns they have and the behaviors and consequences that result from them. This will further challenge the residents to reduce the “automatic” thinking they have developed to specific situations and recognize that the thoughts they have may put them at risk to doing something hurtful or irresponsible.
Minors will only be released to their parent or legal guardian unless a court order states differently. Minors will not be released to non-law enforcement individuals between the hours of 10:30 p.m. and 7:00 a.m.
Each minor in detention is assigned a youth counselor as his/her advocate. The youth counselor will help the resident adjust to the facility's environment and will assist and counsel the resident. Advocates are also responsible for writing each resident's behavior report, which is provided to the juvenile court.
The Kane County Juvenile Justice Center (JJC) has a zero tolerance policy for sexual abuse. The Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003 is a federal law that seeks to eliminate sexual assault and sexual misconduct. This law applies to all federal and state prisons, private facilities, juvenile facilities and community correctional settings. These facilities are now required to be in compliance with PREA standards, which were issued by the Department of Justice in 2012.
Per our policy, if any employee discovers that a youth in JJC custody has been sexually abused or harassed or is at substantial imminent risk of sexual abuse, immediate action must be taken to protect him or her. It is also our policy to provide victims of sexual abuse with the same services that victims of sexual abuse would have access to in the community, unless a specific security concern dictates otherwise. To aid youth who may have experienced trauma, we have contracted with the Community Crisis Center to provide counseling and legal advocacy. We also contract with Edward-Elmhurst Memorial Hospital/ SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) nurse to conduct medical exams if necessary.
PREA Mission Statement:
Our mission is to achieve compliance with the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) by developing guidelines and policies for preventing, detecting, monitoring and eradicating all sexual abuse and harassment within the Kane County Juvenile Justice Center.
Pamela Ely, LCPC
ElyPam@16thCircuit.IllinoisCourts.gov Kane County Juvenile Justice Center
37W655 IL. RT. 38
St. Charles, IL 60175
All allegations of sexual abuse will be investigated promptly, thoroughly and objectively. The JJC refers allegations of sexual abuse and sexual assault to the Kane County Sheriff's Department. Every employee of the JJC will accept reports of sexual abuse and harassment directly from residents. We will also accept reports from outside the JJC from discharged residents or third parties, including family members, friends, and attorneys, etc.
More information about the PREA standards can be found on the website of the PREA Resource Center at
Victim Advocacy and Support Services:The JJC contracts with the Community Crisis Center (CCC) to assist victims. The CCC is located at 27 S. Geneva Street in Elgin, IL. To receive assistance, you may contact CCC at 1-847-687-2380.
Adjudicated delinquent: A youth who has been found by a judge in juvenile court to have committed a violation of the criminal law, that is, a delinquent act. The judge can formally adjudicate the youth as an initial step before imposing a disposition (a sentence or punishment), or the judge can decide not to adjudicate the youth and instead impose conditions that, if met, will result in dismissal of the charges.
Adjudicatory hearing: The fact finding (trial) phase of a juvenile case in which a judge receives and weighs evidence before deciding whether a delinquency or status offense has been proven beyond a reasonable doubt.
Delinquent act: Any act committed by a youth that would be a criminal violation if committed by an adult.
Delinquent juvenile: A youth who has been found responsible for having committed a delinquent act – the equivalent of being found guilty of a criminal offense.
Detention: In custody (secure, non-secure, or home confinement) while awaiting an adjudication hearing, disposition, or commitment placement.
Detention hearing: A judicial hearing generally required to be held within 72 hours of a youth being taken into custody, at which point the court determines whether (1) there is probable cause to believe that the youth has committed a delinquent act or a court order exists that requires the continued detention of the youth, and (2) continued detention is required pending an adjudicatory hearing.
Dispositional hearing: The hearing in a juvenile case (like a sentencing hearing in criminal court) at which the court receives a predisposition report containing information and recommendations to help determine the appropriate sanction. These sanctions can include probation, commitment to the custody of the state's department of juvenile justice, or community-based sanctions.
Status offenses: Non-criminal offenses only applicable to children – for example, being truant, running away from home, possessing alcohol or cigarettes, or violating curfew
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