From today's Sun Times,
Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin of Illinois asked the Justice Department on Monday for an update on its progress prosecuting government employees who were accused in at least 17 cases of abusing detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan.So why doesn't Drubin call a hearing on the Burge Report? Or maybe look into why Cook County is the only County in Illinois where politicans run the Juvinile Detention Center. Pat Murphy writing in the Trib,
Not only is this the way that it is handled in all but one county in Illinois, it is the way it is handled in many major metropolitan areas, such as Los Angeles. Politicians in these jurisdictions recognize that the best people to work with delinquent and troubled kids are those who have dedicated their lives to this task. Who better to be in charge of a detention center for children?I've got far more confidence in the Army's ability to police itself on abuse then Cook County.
But, of course, political leaders in Cook County do not see it that way. Cook County is the only jurisdiction in Illinois, and one of the very few in the U.S., where the detention center is run directly by a politician--the president of the Cook County Board.
The county's chief judge, the juvenile court judges and the juvenile probation department have nothing to do with running the detention center.
I do not write this article to criticize the patronage system. It's just that patronage does not work very well when it comes to providing the type of expertise in employees that troubled kids need.
And there's plenty of Fed funds and Fed Grants going to both County and City Gov for Durbin to have plenty or reason for asking what's going on.. plenty.