In December 2018, the JJPOC completed an eighteen month strategic planning process that provides a roadmap, created by its members, to guide the work going forward from 2019 – 2021. First and foremost, the strategic plan is a statement for a shared vision: To achieve positive youth outcomes for safer and healthier communities. This requires a fair, effective and equitable youth justice system. In the process of developing this plan, the JJPOC members identified three activities to be infused in all aspects of this strategic plan and JJPOC’s efforts to improve the juvenile justice system:
- Integrating Community Expertise
- Conducting Research
- Enhancing workforce specialization in youth services
The following are the four goals the JJPOC has identified through 2021:
Limit youth entry into the justice system
Preventing youth from entering the formal justice system by appropriately serving them by alternative means or systems (e.g., community-based diversion, restorative justice approaches, mental/behavioral health services, etc.) in order to achieve better outcomes for youth.
Ensuring that youth who are committed to confinement are held accountable through individualized rehabilitative services, treated with fairness and dignity, and offered the support needed to mature into healthy and productive members of our communities.
Reduce racial and ethnic disparities in youth
Eliminating racial and ethnic disparities of justice-involved youth to ensure fairness and equity for all youth.
“Right-size” the juvenile justice system
Focusing the juvenile justice system to the appropriate age range of youth to provide developmentally appropriate and effective services for both the youngest youth (lower age of jurisdiction) and the older youth (including emerging adults) in order to improve individual outcomes and increase public safety.
For each stated goal, the JJPOC and its workgroup members have described a set of concrete objectives, strategies and measures, which will be presented to the larger committee for approval.