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Control of Juvenile Jail Stalled

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The leader of Cook County’s troubled Juvenile Temporary Detention Center is staying put for now.

The juvenile center’s had so many problems in the past, patronage, mismanagement, allegations of abuse, it took a federal judge to begin instituting some changes. One of those changes was bringing in Earl Dunlap last year to be its temporary head. Those in the know credit Dunlap with laying the groundwork for improvements, including getting some much-needed new hires. Next up for the juvenile jail: transferring who’s in charge of it from the Cook County Board of Commissioners to the county’s Chief Judge Tim Evans. In a written statement, Evans says that transition will come, just not as soon as originally thought. Evans says he supports what Dunlap’s done so far. He says Dunlap should be given more time to get new programs up and running and bring the jail into federal compliance.

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