Chief Judge Evans names court’s transition team for the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center

Released On 02/23/2015

To ensure the orderly transition of the administration of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center from federal court oversight to the Office of the Chief Judge, Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans today announced that he has appointed the Circuit Court of Cook County Committee on the Transition of the Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (JTDC).


Chief Judge Evans has asked the committee members to assist the JTDC’s new superintendent, Leonard Dixon, and the federal court’s transitional administrator, Earl Dunlap, in the transfer of authority.


The members of the committee, which Chief Judge Evans said is still in formation, are as follows:


Carl C. Bell, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist, Outpatient Family Practice Clinic and Consultation and Liaison Psychiatrist, Medical/Psychiatric Unit, Jackson Park Hosp.

Professor of Psychiatry and Public Health, College of Medicine, University of Illinois (Chicago) (ret.)


Honorable Andrew Berman (Ret.)

Formerly assigned to the Juvenile Justice Division, Circuit Court of Cook County


Honorable Richard R. Boykin, J.D.

Commissioner, Cook County Board of Commissioners, 1st District


Reverend Byron T. Brazier

Pastor, Apostolic Church of God

Commissioner, Public Building Commission

Board Member, DuSable Museum

Board Member, Metropolitan Planning Council

Board Member, Civic Advocacy and Action Committee


Beverly J. Butler, Ed.D.

Special Assistant for JTDC Transition, Office of the Chief Judge

Chicago Public Schools, Teacher and Administrator (ret.)


Frances G. Carroll, Ed.D.

Chicago Public Schools, Teacher and Administrator (ret.)

Member, Board of Trustees at the University of Illinois (ret.)


Reverend Dr. Leon Finney, Jr.

Founder, The Woodlawn Organization

Founder, The Woodlawn Community Development Corporation

Founder and Pastor, Metropolitan Apostolic Community Church

Former Vice Chairman, Chicago Public Housing Authority

Former Chairman, Monitoring Commission for School Desegregation for Chicago Public Schools

Eugene Griffin, J.D., Ph.D.

Director of Research, Child Trauma Academy

Lead Developer, Mental Health Training Curriculum for Juvenile Justice, MacArthur Foundation/Models for Change and the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine


Honorable Sophia H. Hall

Administrative Presiding Judge

Resource Section

Juvenile Justice and Child Protection Department

Circuit Court of Cook County


Edward Harrison, M.B.A.

President and CEO, National Commission on Correctional Health Care (ret.)


Marisel A. Hernandez, M.A., J.D.

Partner, Jacobs Burns Orlove & Hernandez

Commissioner, Chicago Bd. of Elections

Trial Attorney, U. S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (ret.)

Trial Attorney, National Labor Relations Board(ret.)


Samuel V. Jones, J.D.

Professor, The John Marshall Law School

Police Officer and Judge Advocate, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps (ret.)

U.S. Marines (ret.)

Corporate Counsel for Labor and Employment, Blockbuster, Inc. (ret.)

Senior Counsel, AT&T Corp. (ret.)

James D. Montgomery, Sr., J.D.

Managing Partner, James D. Montgomery & Associates, Ltd.

Assistant United States Attorney, Northern Dist. of Ill. (ret.)

Corporation Counsel, City of Chicago (ret.)

Member, Univ. of Ill. Bd. of Trustees

Fellow, Int'l Acad. of Trial Lawyers


Dr. Barbara Radner, Ph.D

Executive Director

Polk Bros. Foundation Center for Urban Education, DePaul University Chicago


Michael J. Rohan, M.A., M.S.

Director, Juvenile Probation and Court Services Department, Cir. Ct. of Cook Co. (ret.)

Interim Director, Juvenile Court Clinic for Forensic Clinical Services, Cir. Ct. of Cook Co. (ret.)

Instructor/lecturer, Loyola Univ., Chicago Police Acad., Univ. of Ill. (Chicago), and the Annie E. Casey Fdn.


Sr. Catherine M. Ryan, O.S.F., M.B.A., J.D.

ExecutiveDir., Maryville Academy, City of Youth

Chief, Juvenile Justice Bureau, Cook County State's Attorney (ret.)

Dr. Robert T. Starks

Professor Emeritus

Founder, Harold Washington Institute for Research and Policy Studies

Northeastern Illinois University’s Jacob Carruthers Center for

Inner City Studies, Politics and Economic Development

Chairman, Black United Fund of Illinois


Honorable Larry Suffredin, J.D.

Commissioner, Cook County Board of Commissioners, 13th District

Chair, Legislation and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee and Rules and Administration Committee, Cook Co. Bd. of Commissioners


Honorable Michael P. Toomin, J.D.

Presiding Judge, Juvenile Justice Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

Previous assignments: Judge, Illinois Appellate Court, First District; felony trial judge and Supervising Judge, Criminal Division, Circuit Court of Cook County

Paula Wolff, M.A., PhD.

Director, Illinois Justice Project

Senior Executive, Metropolis Strategies

Chair, Board of Trustees, City Colleges of Chicago

Member, Board of Trustees, University of Chicago Medical Center

Member, Board of Trustees, University of Chicago

Former President, Governors State University


Paula Wolff and James D. Montgomery, Sr. will serve as the transition committee co-chairs.


The following, while not members of the transition committee, have offered to lend their expertise to transition efforts: the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Jim Bray, Jim Bray Policy and Communications; and Bennett Johnson, III, chief executive officer, the UCI Group, Inc. and former budget director for the City of Chicago’s Office of Budget and Management.print


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