State Advisory Group (SAG)
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board believes that an investment in youth today is an investment in the future. It values a system in which youth are held accountable while being provided appropriate and effective prevention, interventions and treatment programs and services. It values the diversity of all youth and believes that youth should be treated justly, respectfully and equitably regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board aspires to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky youth and their families by being the voice for young people without a voice, by building bridges to communication and collaboration at all levels of the juvenile justice system, and by promoting opportunities for all youth to achieve success. The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is committed to enhancing the quality of life for all youth in the Commonwealth by actively advising the Governor, policymakers and the public on matters related to improving system of care, enhancing interagency community collaboration, and promoting effective programming necessary to serve the whole child.
State Advisory Group Chair
219 Old Towne Road
Louisville, KY 40214-4370
The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is chaired by a private citizen appointed by the Governor. The members of the board are appointed by the Governor with no fewer than 15 members and no more than 33 members. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of any federal, state, or local government and at least one-fifth are under the age of twenty-four when appointed.
The Executive Subcommittee reviews multi-year and annual action plans, reviews proposed state and federal legislation, develops JJAB activities, programs and policies, recommends special subcommittees or task forces and sets the level of decision-making authority for any special subcommittee or task force created. They set the overall policy for subcommittees and task forces, and hear and dispose of internal appeals from actions taken by any standing or special subcommittee.
The Grants Subcommittee assists in the development and implementation of the grant process and makes recommendations regarding the awarding of grants.
The Budget Subcommittee develops a budget for the expenditure of the State Advisory Group allocation under the JJDP Act of 1974.
The SEJAY Subcommittee advises the JJAB and the general public of the Commonwealth of Kentucky on the issue of disproportionate minority representation in the juvenile justice system, and its causes and remedies; advocates for the full implementation of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, especially the fourth core requirement; develops policy and funding recommendations relating to this issue; and supports efforts to improve the quality of juvenile justice for all Kentucky citizens.
The Nominating Subcommittee keeps an up to date nominating grid of all of the current members of the JJAB along with the category of members needed or mandated by statute. They identify candidates for appointment by the Governor as member's terms expire and they prepare a ballot of at least one person for chair and at least one person for vice-chair.
Policy and Program Subcommittee
The Policy and Programs Subcommittee assists in the development and implementation of the three year plan and annual updates.
Subcommittee of Kentucky Youth (SKY)
The Subcommittee of Kentucky Youth (SKY) unites youth across the state in an effort to advise the Kentucky Juvenile Justice Advisory Board on issues concerning youth. The SKY strengthens the image of youth by encouraging and empowering youth in their educational endeavors and future goals; providing opportunities for the youth of Kentucky to develop leadership skills through service and advocacy.
- Hasan Davis, Chairperson
- Nancy Pfaadt, Vice Chairperson, Community Volunteer
- Bridget S. Brown, Commissioner, Department of Juvenile Justice
- Melanda Adams Juvenile Justice System
- Hon. Eugene Clark, Circuit Judge
- Kelly Cline, Youth Member
- Ann Ferriell, Director, Safe and Drug Free Schools
- Eugene Foster, Undersecretary, Children & Family Services
- Paige Lay, Cumberland Valley Childrens Advocacy Center
- Cindy W. Hess, Detective, Jefferson Police Department
- Barbara Kaminer, Program Administrator, Department for Mental Health & Mental Retardation
- Leilani Krashin, Department of Public Advocacy
- Gary Mielcarek, United Parcel Service
- Amy Hale Milliken, Warren County Attorney
- Danny Orazine, County Judge Executive
- J. Todd P'Pool, Attorney at Law
- Hon. Cathy Prewitt, District Judge
- Racynnio Rankin, Youth Member
- Stephanie Reynolds, KY Child Now
- Lincoln Bradley Sloas, Youth Member
- Elizabeth Taylor, Deparment of Education
- Kaye Templin, Director, Gateway Juvenile Diverson Program
- Michael Walker, Attorney at Law
- Lisa H. Wallace, Assistant Professor, Eastern Kentucky University
- Patrick Yewell, Administrative Office of the Courts