News From the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

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The newly constituted Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) held its organizing meeting on October 11, 2011, at the Gaylord Hotel and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. The FACJJ meeting was held in concert with OJJDP's National Conference for Children's Justice and Safety, which took place on October 12–14, 2011, at the same location. The meeting included an overview of OJJDP leadership; an introduction to the committee, member roles, and ethical issues; a discussion of FACJJ's core values and proposed areas of focus; and the election of a chair and vice chair.

OJJDP restructured FACJJ to allow for greater flexibility and responsiveness. The reorganized committee is made up of 14 primary members, whose terms are 2 years (with the possibility of being reappointed for a second term), and 14 alternate members, also appointed for 2 years. It is anticipated that a number of subcommittees composed of FACJJ members and other experts will be constituted to focus on particular topics.

The new members will continue FACJJ's mission by:

  • Advising the President and Congress on state perspectives on OJJDP's operations and matters related to juvenile justice.
  • Reviewing federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention policies.
  • Advising the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.

The committee's meetings are open to the public; anyone may register to attend and observe. Additional information is available on the committee's Web site.

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (Section 223), and supported by OJJDP. Composed of 14 members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.