Adult Redeploy Illinois - Staff


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Mary Ann Dyar, Program Director, at

Mary Ann Dyar is the Program Director for the Adult Redeploy Illinois program created by the Crime Reduction Act of 2009 (P.A. 96-0761). As Program Director, Mary Ann is responsible for coordinating the disbursement of grants to local jurisdictions to expand alternatives to incarceration; assisting with the formulation of policies and procedures for the program; monitoring and conducting technical assistance for grantees; managing communication, outreach and reporting strategies for the program; and staffing the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board.

Just prior to her work at the state level, Mary Ann was Program Manager with the Justice/Violence Initiative of Chicago Metropolis 2020, a regional planning not-for-profit organization, working on policy issues related to childhood exposure to trauma and violence, juvenile justice, prisoner reentry, criminal law and sentencing reform. Mary Ann holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the University of Chicago’s Harris School, and undergraduate degrees in Accounting and Political Science from Indiana University-Bloomington. She served two years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, East Africa (1991-1993).

Lindsey Lapointe, Program Manager at

Lindsey joined the Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI) program in January 2012. As Program Manager for ARI, Lindsey facilitates technical assistance and outreach to the ARI network of county-level community corrections programs and problem solving courts. Lindsey leads site visits to ARI programs across Illinois, coordinates outreach to interested counties, and facilitates information sharing on best practices and “lessons from the field” between county-level programs and up to state policy makers.

Her favorite aspect of ARI work is visiting and learning from the committed individuals and teams running collaborative and innovative prison diversion programs in all corners of Illinois. In 2015 after significant training, Lindsey and the ARI team were certified as program assessors with the Correctional Program Checklist tool through the University of Cincinnati. She also assists to staff the Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board and three working committees.

Just prior to joining ARI, Lindsey worked with people experiencing homelessness and continues this work through non-profit board work. Originally from Maine, Lindsey has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Grinnell College in Iowa and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. She serves on the board of directors of Hands to Help Ministries, volunteers with kids affected by homicide loss at the Sheilah A. Doyle Foundation, and is a former prison monitor volunteer with the John Howard Association. Lindsey is committed to collaboratively working to safely decrease the use of incarceration in Illinois and the United States and considers decarceration a key component of social justice work.

Hon. James M. Radcliffe (Ret.), Technical Assistance Provider
Judge Radcliffe, a Technical Assistance Provider for Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI), retired at the end of 2007 after 20 years as an Associate Circuit Judge in St. Clair County. In his role with ARI, Judge Radcliffe works closely with local ARI teams on program implementation, develops training and technical assistance strategies, conducts outreach to interested counties, and assists ARI staff on policies and procedures.

Judge Radcliffe was the presiding judge of the Juvenile Court in St. Clair County 1996-2007. Judge Radcliffe currently serves as the Associate Director of the Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP). He has served as a Technical Advisor to Adult Redeploy Illinois since its inception. Judge Radcliffe also serves as a mediator and arbitrator through his company, Associated Dispute Resolution. His office is in Belleville, Illinois.

Judge Radcliffe received his B.S. in psychology in 1972 from Loyola University and his JD (with distinction) in 1977 from John Marshall Law School where he was a member of the Law Review. Prior to being appointed to the bench in 1988, Judge Radcliffe served as an assistant public defender and was a member of the law firm of Sprague, Sprague & Ysursa in Belleville, IL. While on the bench, Judge Radcliffe tried hundreds of jury trials including capital cases and complex civil litigation. He is the former chair of the General Practice Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He also served on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Appellate Defender's Office. Prior to becoming the Associate Director of LAP, he served several years on LAP's Board of Directors. He currently is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Assembly, Adult Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board, Juvenile Justice Initiative Board and the Department of Children and Family Services Citizens Task Force.

Judge Thomas R. Sumner (Ret.), Technical Assistance Provider
Retired Judge Thomas R. Sumner, a Technical Assistance Provider for Adult Redeploy Illinois (ARI), retired from the bench in 2007 after serving nearly 20 years as a trial judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County Illinois, the last 12 years in the Criminal Division in Chicago. In his role with ARI, Judge Sumner works closely with local ARI teams on program implementation, develops training and technical assistance strategies, conducts outreach to interested counties, and assists ARI staff on policies and procedures.

During his judicial career he was a faculty member of the Capital Cases Seminar Series committee and a member of the Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions committee. He also served as a volunteer instructor and judge for law school trial advocacy and moot court competitions at John Marshall, Loyola and the University of Chicago law schools. Prior to going on the bench, he was managing partner of a small boutique law firm, Sumner and Smith, which focused on real estate and public finance transactions. He was also a trial attorney in the Cook County Public Defender’s Office for five years prior to private practice. Judge Sumner is a past President of the Cook County Bar Association and a past member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Bar Association.

In his most recent role, he served from April 2010 through February 2012 as the first Program Coordinator of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism where he assisted to develop and coordinate programs across Illinois designed to increase the professionalism, wellbeing, and inclusiveness of the Illinois bench and bar. Judge Sumner is a 1977 graduate of the John Marshall Law School and a 1974 graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago.