Provide Public Safety
Enhance the safety of residents through an integrated criminal justice system, including law enforcement and other programs that reduce crime, recidivism, family violence and substance abuse.
Underground work related to the construction of the tunnel and court tower foundations will occur the first part of this year. This $110 million project includes a new 8-story tower and a tunnel connecting the jail and existing courthouse. It is expected to take five years to complete and will increase the efficiency of the justice system and support growth of the justice agencies for the next 30 years.
Phase I of this project is in the design development phase where the character of the project components are further refined and described. Phase I includes the design and construction of a new multi-story addition which will include new courtroom/hearing rooms, administrative court support functions and office spaces for the related justice agencies. Phase II involves a comprehensive remodeling of the existing justice center including those spaces which were relocated to the phase I addition. Design work on this portion of the project is set to begin in early 2015.
The Lake County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Circuit Clerk’s Office, has tested E-ticketing and it is now moving it into production. Beginning February 2015, the Sheriff’s Office will begin the installation of E-ticketing software into all squad cars. This will afford Lake County the ability to issue computer generated tickets from the squad cars via a thermal printer and transfer that data electronically to the Circuit Clerk’s Office. Other law enforcement agencies will be engaged to take part in this same process.
Problem Solving Court
A “Problem Solving Court” has become operational where the proceedings for specialty programs are all assigned to and heard by the same judge, allowing for cases to be streamlined and managed more efficiently. The programs include: Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veterans Treatment and Assistance Court, as well the specialized issues of Unfitness to Stand Trial and Restoration to Fitness, civil mental health commitments, and proceedings related to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act and Sexually Dangerous Persons Commitment Act.