Auditor General Report on Department of Juvenile Justice

September 8, 2009

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Illinois lawmakers gave $3 million to the Department of Juvenile Justice to hire new workers but no one was hired. That's just one of the findings released today in a report by the state auditor general.

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Officials with the department of juvenile justice, or DJJ, wanted to hire new workers but they wanted the candidates to have more education. That meant they had to rewrite the job descriptions, a process that took more than two years to complete. During that time, the positions went unfilled and the agency spent $6.6 million on overtime and comp time. That overtime takes it's toll on budgets and people.

A recent report by the John Howard Association, a prison watchdog group, found that DJJ security staff were "tired and out of sorts" and some were seen sleeping in their cars in facility parking lots after working double shifts. New job descriptions were eventually approved and DJJ has been hiring additional staff.

This was the first audit for the Department of Juvenile Justice which was created three years ago by separating youth facilities from the Department of Corrections.