“They would never accept the fact that I was innocent. They would have never admit to that fact. So they fought it. So without the certificate of innocence, I wouldn’t be able to move on. It would still be on my record, first of all.
Arthur Bishop has been in charge of the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice, the agency that oversees the state’s prisons for young people. Now he’ll run the Department of Children and Family Services.
Lamar Hayslett was among 27 children in Illinois to die of abuse or neglect in DCFS’ last reporting year whose families had previous contact with the agency, a Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ examination of records has found.