JJAC History and Statutory Mandate
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee History
In 1984, citizen volunteers appointed by state governors were charged with fulfilling the purposes and spirit of the Federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act by forming a representative National nonprofit organization, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ): to give voice to state-identified concerns and needs in juvenile justice; to advise state and federal policy makers and the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); and to generate ongoing collegial support and information exchange.
For 30 years, CJJ has served as the national association of Governor-appointed State Advisory Groups (SAG) better known in New Mexico as the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC). JJAC includes members 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. For more information visit www.juvjustice.org.
JJAC Statutory Mandate
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) was created by state statute, appointed by the Governor, (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.