JJAC Governing Documents and Reports
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, 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; fostering innovative program responses.
JJAC’s state juvenile justice members advise and guide the implementation of the Federal Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act (JJDPA). JJAC members are juvenile justice leaders, professionals, practitioners and citizen volunteers appointed by the governor and charged under JJDPA to participate in:
- The development and evaluation of the state justice plan; the review of sub-grant applications for receipt of federal JDDPA funds; efforts to ensure their state compliance with the purposes and requirement of the JJDPA.
- The governor appointed JJAC members also review sub-grant applications for receipt of State of New Mexico Legislative appropriated General Funds. This is substantiated by the State of New Mexico Administrative Code, Title 8 Social Services, and Part 13 Juvenile Continuum Grant Fund.
The coalition for Juvenile Justice works in cooperation with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) since 2002 to explore and expand JJAC involvement and investment in detention reform.
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
- The development of a continuum of graduated sanctions for juvenile’s local communities
JJAC has twenty regional Juvenile Justice Continuum Boards that have been developed in communities across the state to:
- Analyze local trends that put youth at risk
- Assess community resource gaps that effect youth and families
- Build partnerships with key community leaders that positively impact policy regarding youth
- Fund programming that directly impacts the concerns and issues facing our youth
- Involve community leaders and experts to address youth and family issues