Melissa Spooner is Deputy Chief Probation Officer and Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) coordinator within Cook County Juvenile Probation and Court Services.
Melissa is also the Operations Analyst for the Department where she concentrates on program and policy analysis, development and implementation.
She is the lead grant writer and seeks third party funding to incorporate programming for youth.
On behalf of the depatment, Melissa also manages research projects, data and internal program evaluations.
Melissa has worked directly with adjudicated youth since she began in 1999 as a field probation officer.
In 2003, Melissa was promoted to supervisor of the Project RENEW unit, a female responsive program within the department.
six years while working with girls, Melissa
made it her
personal mission to increase awareness of female responsive programming at the national and local level.
Melissa supervised a field unit on the South Side of Chicago for three years before taking the position as the Operations Analyst.
In December of 2013, Melissa was promoted to Deputy Chief Probation Officer.
Since the fall of 2011, Melissa has been an adjunct professor at the University of Phoenix in-ground campus instructing Criminal/Juvenile Justice.
Melissa earned a double Bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice & Psychology from Kansas State University and a Master's degree in Administration of Justice from Loyola University.
(107) "Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) ", by Avik Das, Deputy Director; and Melissa Spooner, Deputy Chief Probation Officer, Cook County Juvenile Probation, Chicago, IL. SUPERIOR WEST.