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Official Calls for Firing of Juvenile Center Head

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Some Cook County officials are demanding changes at the Juvenile Detention Center.

The center has been the focus of criticism in recent months, including accusations of physical abuse and mismanagement.

Commissioner Forrest Claypool, a candidate for county board president, says the first step toward change is to fire the center’s superintendent.

Most recently detention center officials have been subpoenaed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office.

Neither Superintendent Jerry Robinson nor Cook County Board President John Stroger returned calls for comment on this story.

Last week, Stroger asked the Chicago Bar Association to study problems at the youth jail.

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