Randy Focken hired as Director of Juvenile Detention Center

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St. Louis County Circuit Court Hires Randy Focken as Director of Juvenile Detention Center

CLAYTON, MO – Oct. 7, 2019 ­– RandyFocken has been hired as the Director of the St. Louis County Juvenile Detention Center, replacing retiring director Cheryl Campbell. Focken holds a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois.

Focken has nearly 40 years of experience in criminal justice. He was instrumental in the development of evidence-based programs and services with federal, state and county criminal justice organizations throughout the country.  During the past 10 years, he has been focused on improving engagement with offenders using individual and group cognitive-behavioral-interventions.

Focken was the director of a reentry program and served as Executive Counsel to the Director for the Nevada
Department of Corrections, and was Assistant Adult Services Division Director for Ramsey County Community Corrections in St. Paul, Minnesota. Focken was the director of a vocational training program called “PRIDE” for the Nevada Department of Corrections, designed to address housing and employment issues for individuals to be released from custody. As Division Manager with Solano County Probation in Fairfield, California, Focken oversaw the development of the “Center for Positive Change,” providing comprehensive rehabilitation, substance abuse prevention and job training services to support offenders returning from prison to their communities.

Most recently, Focken served as a consultant to the U.S. Probation Office for the Eastern District of Missouri, reviewing district programming. He also served as Reentry Director for the Missouri and Indiana Departments of Correction, and was Director of Parole in Indiana. While in Indiana, Focken facilitated major changes in the approach to juvenile detention, reducing both the number of juveniles held and their length of stay.  By collaborating with social service organizations to improve education and training, Focken helped reduce detention costs, increased funding for training and improved juveniles’ ability to live independently after their release.


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