Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee

The New Mexico Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) was created by state statute, (Section 9-2A-14 through Section 9-2A-16 NMSA 1978) and carries out responsibilities under the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act as well as the State Juvenile Continuum Act.

The JJAC is appointed by the Governor and is advisory to the Children, Youth and Families Department (CYFD), the Governor and the Legislature. JJAC members come from all walks of life and professional disciplines who, together with allied individuals and organizations, seek to improve the circumstances of vulnerable and troubled children, youth and families involved with the courts, and to build safe sharing best practices, innovations, policy recommendations and peer support.

The JJAC advocates for the prevention of delinquency, alternatives to secure detention, improvement of the juvenile justice system, gender-specific services, and the development of a continuum of graduated sanctions for juveniles in local communities. The JJAC allocates federal and state grant funds to communities in New Mexico for these purposes.

Mission Statement
JJAC’s mission is to advocate for the prevention of juvenile delinquency and the provision of a continuum of high quality services throughout the New Mexico Juvenile Justice system.  This is accomplished by:

  • Advising the Governor and the Legislature on Juvenile Justice issues;
  • examining, critiquing and advising all relevant state agencies on the development of their programs in both juvenile institutions and local policies, programs and practices;
  • assessing juvenile related problems, identifying community needs and gaps in services; and
  • fostering innovative program responses.


JJAC Responsibilities Strategic Priorities
JJAC’s state juvenile justice members advise and guide the implementation of the Federal Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act (JJDPA) and are charged under JJDPA to participate in:
  • The development and evaluation of the state three-year juvenile justice strategic plan;
  • The review of sub-grant applications for receipt of federal JDDPA and state Continuum Grant funds;
  • Efforts to ensure their state compliance with the purposes and requirement of the JJDPA; and
  • Review and recommendations for sub-grant applications for receipt of State of New Mexico Legislative appropriated General Funds.
JJAC provides a system of services and sanctions as an alternative to detention for juveniles arrested or referred to juvenile probation and parole or at risk of referrals and allocates federal and state grant funds to communities in New Mexico for this purpose.  JJAC allocates federal and state grant funds to communities in New Mexico for this purpose.  Local boards help implement best practice programs in their areas to prevent youth from getting in trouble in the first place, and provide local sanctions and services that divert youth from commitment to state facilities by advocating for:
  • The prevention of delinquency;
  • Alternatives to secure detention;
  • Improvement of the Juvenile Justice System;
  • Gender-specific services; and
  • The development of a continuum of graduated sanctions for juvenile’s local communities.


JJAC Board Meeting Schedule:

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Virtual, via ZOOM
Agenda: Agenda (PDF)
Access Online:




Meeting ID: 814 059 1045
Password: JJAC2021
Access by Phone:

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  If you have any questions please contact Bill Kearney at William.Kearney@state.nm.us or call 505-469-5325

Future meetings:

June 17, 2021; 10 am – 2 pm, via Zoom
September 16, 2021; 10 am – 2 pm, TBD
December 16, 2021; 10 am – 2 pm, TBD


JJAC Board
The JJAC is comprised of 15-33 experts in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare who are appointed by the Governor of New Mexico. The experts represent various fields such as law enforcement, juvenile courts, private non-profit organizations, juvenile mental health workers, and public agencies concerned with delinquency prevention or treatment. The JJAC aims to have one-fifth of its members be under the age of 28 at the time of their appointment and at least 3 who have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system at some point in their life, or a family member who represents their experience. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of Federal, State, or local government.


JJAC Governing Documents

JJAC Race Equity Statement

JJAC’s Statement addresses historical and recent events of racial and ethnic disparities, and shares Committee members’ commitment to racial and ethnic equity principles and actions.

JJAC Minutes

Minutes from the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee meetings are made available for public inspection. Following, in PDF format, are the approved minutes from past Board meetings recording the actions of the Board:

NM Continuum of Care Model & local Juvenile Justice Advisory Boards: Learn More