JJAC's Statement of Purpose
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee provides leadership and support in setting a vision for juvenile justice in Minnesota that is informed by evidence-based practices, multi-disciplinary experience and the diverse communities of Minnesota.
Juvenile Justice Planning
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) serves Minnesota youth by
- Advising the Governor and the Legislature about issues, trends and practices related to Minnesota’s juvenile justice system.
- Developing a strategic Three-Year Plan for allocating resources to meet emerging needs of Minnesota youth.
- Promoting best practices in juvenile justice programming.
Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act
De-institutionalization of Status Offenders
Juveniles charged with status offenses must not be placed in secure detention. A "status offense" is an offense that would not be deemed criminal if committed by an adult (i.e. truancy, running away, tobacco and alcohol use).
Sight and Sound Separation of Juvenile and Adult Offenders
States must ensure that juveniles charged with a delinquent offense who are detained or confined in an adult jail or lockup do not have verbal or visual contact with adult offenders.
Removal of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups
States must ensure that no juvenile shall be detained or confined in a jail or lockup intended for adult offenders beyond specified time limits: six hours in Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) counties and 24 hours in all other counties.
Ethnic and Racial
States are required to put forth efforts to reduce the proportion of youth of color at all points along the juvenile justice system.
The Governor appoints youth, as well as representatives from community-based non-profits, law enforcement, judiciary, probation, mental health and chemical dependency, education, and child welfare.
For more information contact:
Juvenile Justice Specialist and Compliance Monitor
Office of Justice Programs
445 Minnesota Street, Suite 2300