CJCC has long understood the vital importance of a focus on Juvenile Justice. CJCC has committed staff and resources to ensuring that District youth avoid, as much as possible, justice system involvement, and if they do touch the system, have access to a variety of programs and initiatives.
CJCC has historically employed a Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitor, who has ensured the District’s compliance with the four core requirements of the federal JJDPA: sight and sound separation, removal from adult jails and lock ups, not detaining status offenders and reducing racial and ethnical disparities. This results in ensuring that youth are not housed with adult inmates, that efforts are made to reduce disproportionate minority youth involvement in the justice system, and providing a variety of events and trainings to allow District practitioners and others to hone their skills and access information on current developments in the field.
CJCC has held several Juvenile Justice Summits, has provided webinars, and is a central partner in convening various District and Federal agencies to enhance the state of juvenile justice administration in the District.
The following workgroups are convened by CJCC to address juvenile justice in the District of Columbia
Juvenile Justice Committee
Chair: Judge Jennifer DiToro
Family Court, Superior Court of the District of Columbia
Every Day Counts! Data Committee
Chair: Toni Lemmons, CJCC
The Every Day Counts! Data Committee is charged with developing and implementing initiatives to reduce truancy and promote school attendance in the District. The Committee is comprised of education, human services, and public safety stakeholders.
Juvenile Justice Data Committee
Co-Chair: Pauline Frances, CSSD
Acting Co-Chair: Megan McNeil, DYRS
Restorative Justice Workgroup
Co-Chair: Rashida George, DYRS
Co-Chair: Terri Odom, CSSD
Co-Chair: Robert Haferd, OAG