Changing the Criminal Injustice System, Part 2: Offering Detained Youth a Connection

The Socially Responsible Practitioner

Detained boy_280x280Cook County (Ill.) Sheriff Tom Dart–who oversees the largest single-site jail in the United States–announced August 6 that his office is establishing an Office of Mental Health Policy and Advocacy, as well as a 24-hour mental health hotline for Cook County detainees and their families. Dart has been an outspoken voice on systemic mental health and justice reform; the Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice has worked with his office and others to implement new approaches within the Cook County system. 

Below is part two of an article about those initiatives that was published in our summer 2012 magazine Gemeinschaftsgefühl.

The IPSSJ [Adler School Institute on Public Safety and Social Justice] developed a Violence Prevention Seminar Series that IPSSJ Executive Director and clinical/community psychologist Elena Quintana, Ph.D., holds with boys detained at the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. It takes place with a group of Adler School students and volunteers from CeaseFire [now…

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