Monday, February 9th marked the beginning of a new head of the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center (CCJTDC), Leonard Dixon.
Leonard Dixon is a nationally recognized expert in juvenile detention who most recently served as the executive director for the Wayne County Juvenile Detention Facility, Department of Children and Family Services in Detroit, Michigan, and was selected to run the CCJTDC by the Chief Judge Evans.
Superintendent Leonard Dixon said, “I am a firm believer that if you don’t like or love people, you can’t help them. I believe as a leader for JTDC, I am compelled to a moral imperative to exhibit those skills of elevating the human spirit and organizing human endeavors in ways that inspire behaviors that are above the level that people even expect of themselves. I want to help the kids and staff to be a part of something that is bigger than themselves. This is what I did in my previous roles as a leader in juvenile detention and will continue to do so in Cook County, the place where juvenile justice began. I am honored to lead JTDC and with the help of the community, courts, legislative bodies and the staff, we can make this facility a national model.”
Dixon added, “My philosophy is simple: if your kid or my kid can’t be helped in our facility, then no kid should be in the facility.”
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