Gov. Pat Quinn appointed St. Clair County State's Attorney Brendan Kelly to the state's Juvenile Justice Commission.
The commission serves as the federally mandated state advisory group to the governor, the general assembly and the Illinois Department of Human Services.
The commission's goals are: to ensure that Illinois maintains full compliance with the core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, both to ensure continued access to federal funding and to ensure application of humane and effective practices with youth in contact with the juvenile justice system; youth do not enter the juvenile justice system unnecessarily, particularly due to unaddressed family, education, mental health, substance abuse, trauma, racial or ethnic disparities; youth who do enter the juvenile justice system receive support and services that foster appropriate accountability while building strengths and creating positive opportunities; and leave the juvenile justice system with positive outcomes, which in turn enhance public safety.
The commission has 25 members who have been appointed by the governor. Members serve on a volunteer basis for the three-year term. Kelly will be the only prosecutor on the commission.
As state's attorney, Kelly has prioritized juvenile and child protection issues as a key component of crime prevention. Kelly formed the county's juvenile justice coordinating council, established the state's attorney's children's justice division, increased prosecution of parent-caused truancy and enhanced child support enforcement services.
Kelly is the chairman of the St. Clair County Child Advocacy Center and is a member of the executive committee of Fight Crime Invest in Kids Illinois, a state advocacy group that promotes pre-school and early learning as a means to reduce crime.