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Juvenile Justice Advisory Group

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) advises OVSJG as the state administering agency of Title II, Part B, Section 223(a)(3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), provides active consultation to the Mayor and government agencies, and ensures the provision of comprehensive delinquency prevention programs that meet the needs of youth through the collaboration of many local systems with which a youth may interface. Consistent with these provisions, the JJAG:

•    Spearheads the development of the District's three-year statewide plan.
•    Advises the Mayor and District government agencies on compliance with core requirements of the JJDPA.
•    Obtains input from youth with experience navigating the juvenile justice system.
•    Reviews and comments on juvenile justice grant proposals.
•    Assists in monitoring all juvenile detention and correction facilities and grant-funded community-based programs to ensure compliance with the JJDPA.

As a required by Title II, Part B, Section 223(a)(3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Act of 1974, each state, US Territory and the District of Columbia that receives federal formula grants is required to establish a statewide advisory group. This advisory group advises the Mayor, and where appropriate, other stakeholders on matters relevant to juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. Under the JJDPA, each statewide advisory group is required to report bi-annually on accomplishments. 

Annual Reports
The following Reports describe the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group’s activities during the specified fiscal year(s). Reports typically document JJAG’s recent efforts, the status of the District’s compliance with the core requirements of the JJDPA, or any accomplishments or significant reforms related to improving the Districts juvenile justice system. These reports are submitted to the Mayor of the District of Columbia. 
JJAG 2019-2020 Report
2019-2020 Special Report: JJAG’s Recommendations for Alternatives to System Involvement for Status Offenders or Person’s in Need of Supervision 

Three Year Plans
The following Three -Year Plan is supported by funding from the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Office of Justice Programs (OJP), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) which allows the District of Columbia to award organizations that will address juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. 
2021 Three-Year Plan
2018 Three-Year Plan

JJAG Structure and Membership
The group consists of a minimum of 15 to 33 members that include the directors of juvenile justice agencies, prosecutors, public defenders, mental health professionals, community leaders, and most importantly, youth. Current members are listed below:

  • Laura Furr, Chairperson, Community Member
  • Kyla Woods, Youth Chairperson, Community Member
  • LaShelle Richmond, Vice Chairperson, Community Member
  • Lisette Burton, Secretary, Community Member
  • Jenise Patterson, Community Member
  • Aaron White, Community Member
  • Audrey Eismann, Community Member
  • Brittany Mobley, Public Defender Service
  • Bruce Wright, Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services
  • Commander Pamela Wheeler-Taylor, Metropolitan Police Department
  • Dave Rosenthal, Office of the Attorney General
  • Honorable Jennifer DiToro, DC Superior Court/Family Division
  • Jamal Holtz, Community Member
  • Jonah Goodman, Locally Elected Official, ANC 4C10 Representative
  • Patrina Anderson, Department of Behavioral Health
  • Penelope Spain, Community Member
  • Sheila Clark, Department of Human Services
  • Shyra Gregory, District of Columbia Public Schools
  • Terri Odom, DC Superior Court/Court Social Services Division

By-laws
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) adopted by-laws in 2013. A copy of the current by-laws can be found here. 

Compliance Monitoring and Racial and Ethnic Disparities
The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council houses the Compliance Monitor and Racial and Ethnic Disparities coordinator. The CJCC assists the District maintaining compliance with the four core requirements:

  • Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) -- the deinstitutionalization of status offenders and non-offenders requires that youth who are runaways, truants or curfew violators cannot be detained in juvenile detention facilities or adult jails;
  •  "Sight and Sound" -- The "Sight and Sound" separation protection disallows contact between juvenile and adult offenders (i.e. if juveniles are put in an adult jail or lock up under the limited circumstances the law allows for, they must be separated from adult inmates);
  •  "Jail Removal" -- The "Jail Removal" disallows the placement of youth in adult jails and lock ups except under very limited circumstances;
  •  Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) -- The RED provision requires states to address the issue of over-representation of youth of color in the justice system.

The District is currently in compliance with the core requirements.

DC Compliance Letter
Compliance Monitoring Manual

Additional JJDPA and SAG Resources
The Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) 4-part video and discussion series to orient SAG members.

 

 

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice Resources on the JJDPA Core Requirements
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice Resources for Youth SAG Members - Youth Manual

 

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