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Title:Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents
Meeting Information:

​The Task Force on Children of Incarcerated Parents shall meet at least 4 times beginning within 30 days after the effective date of this amendatory Act of the 101st General Assembly. The first meeting shall be held no later than August 1, 2019. 

Function:The purpose of the Children of Incarcerated Parents Task Force is to develop and propose policies and procedures that encourage the following guiding principles to the extent possible: (1) Children should be protected from additional trauma at the time of parental arrest. (2) Children should be heard, respeted and considered by decision makers when decisions are made about them. (3) Children should be consiered when descisions are made about their parent. (4) Children should be cared for and provided access to support in the absence of their parents in a way that prioritizes their physical, mental, and emotional needs. (5) Children should be given an opportunity to speak with and see the incarcerated parents. The opportunity to touch should take into account security concerns. (6) Children should have access to local services and programs that can provide support to them as they deal with their parent's incarceration. (7) Children should not be judged, labeled, or blamed for the parent's incarceration. (8) Children should be able to have a lifelong relations with their parents. This Task Force shall be repealed on Janaury 1, 2020.
Senate Confirmation:No
Compensation:None
Composition:The Task Force shall consist of the following members, appointed by the Lieutenant Governor unless otherwise indicated: (1) 2 members from an organization that advocates for adolescents, youth, or incarcerated parents; (2) 1 member who is an academic or researcher that has studied issues related to the impact of incarcerating youth; (3) 2 members who are adult children who have experienced parental incarceration; (4) 2 members who are formerly incarcerated parents; (5) 1 member from an organization that facilitates visitation between incarcerated parents and children; (6) the Seretary of Human Services, or his or her designee; (7) the Director of Children and Family Services, or his or her designee; (8) the Cook County Public Guardian, or his or her designee; (9) the Director of Juvenile Justice, or his or her designee; (10) the Director of Corrections, or his or her designee (11) the President of the Illinois Sheriffs Association, or his or her designee (12) the Cook County Sheriff, or his or her designee; (13) the Director of State Police, or his or her designee; (14) the Chief of the Chicago Police Department, or his or her designee; (15) the Director of the Illinois Law Enforcement Training Standards Board, or his or her designee; (16) the Attorney General, or his or her designee; (17) 1 member who represents the court system; (18) 1 Representative, appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives (19) 1 Representative, appointed by the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives (20) 1 Senator, appointed by the President of the Senate (21) 1 Senator, appointed by the Minority Leader of the Senate; (22) 1 member, appointed by the Governor's Office who represents an organization with expertise in gender responsive practices and assessing the impact of incarceration on women, who are disproportionately custodial parents of young children.
Authority:725 ILCS 5/106F-10

 Member Names

Name (Last, First)Term ExpiresMember SinceAffiliationAppointed ByPositionTitleCounty
Gallegos, Amanda9/24/2019StatuteMemberCook County Sheriff
Mansfield, Alexis11/8/2019GovernorMemberRep. of an organization reprsenting the concerns of the Task ForceCook
McClure, Sen. Steve 8/27/2019Minority Leader of the SenateMemberSenator
McCombie, Rep. Tony9/30/2019Minority Leader of the House of RepresentativesMemberRepresentative
Ramirez, Rep. Delia8/28/2019Speaker of the House of RepresentativesMemberRepresentative
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberRep. of an organization advocating adolescents/youth/incarcerated parents
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberRep. of an organization advocating adolescents/youth/incarcerated parents
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberAcademic who studies the impact of incarceration on youth
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberAdult children who have experienced parental incarceration
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberAdult children who have experienced parental incarceration
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberFormerly incarcerated parents
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberFormerly incarcerated parents
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberRep. of an organization that facilitates visitation between incarcerated parents and children
VACANTStatuteMemberSecretary of Human Services
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of Children and Family Services
VACANTStatuteMemberCook County Public Guardian
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of Juvenile Justice
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of Corrections
VACANTStatuteMemberPresident of the Illinois Sheriffs Association
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of State Police
VACANTStatuteMemberChief of the Chicago Police Department
VACANTStatuteMemberDirector of the Law Enforcement Training Standards Board
VACANTStatuteMemberAttorney General
VACANTLieutenant GovernorMemberRepresentative of the court system
VACANTPresident of the SenateMemberSenator