State Advisory Group (SAG)
The SAG in Massachusetts is the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC). The JJAC is charged with the responsibility to help coordinate juvenile justice and delinquency prevention efforts in the Commonwealth. The JJAC, along with other experts, give the Massachusetts Executive Office of Public Safety input in developing a statewide plan for identifying and offering guidance on matters relating to delinquency prevention and overall child well-being. With Federal grant money and guided by issues raised in the statewide plan, the JJAC funds programs, projects, and activities that implement the JJDP Act's goals. In addition, the JJAC provides policy recommendations to the Governor and state legislators on juvenile justice matters. Other tasks include: maintaining an awareness of State and Federal laws pertaining to juvenile justice, understanding the flow of the juvenile justice system, and familiarization with juvenile facilities and programs.
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The JJAC comprises 15–33 experts in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare who are appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts. The experts represent various fields such as law enforcement, juvenile courts, private non-profit organizations, juvenile mental health workers, and public agencies concerned with delinquency prevention or treatment. The JJAC aims to have one-fifth of its members be under the age of 24 at the time of their appointment and at least 3 who have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system at some point in their life. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of Federal, State, or local government.
Alternatives to Detention
The Alternatives to Detention Subcommittee is charged with those activities related to researching effective detention alternative models and programs and tailoring them to Massachusetts.
The subcommittee is responsible for reviewing the status and need for programming and improvements specifically directed to meeting the Four Federally mandated core requirements. The committee shall report to the JJAC on the status of compliance including violations that have occurred and make recommendations for funding improvements to eliminate these violations.
Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Members
The DMC Subcommittee is charged with those activities related to over-representation of minorities in the juvenile justice system and the development of effective programs and strategies to decrease disproportionate minority contact in Massachusetts.
Grants Review Members
This subcommittee is charged with those activities related to grant reviews, including but not limited to overseeing the proposal review process, and the review of grants. JJAC members rotate through this committee based on their availability and EOPS staff as well as peer reviewers also review grant applications. This subcommittee will submit recommendations to the full JJAC relative to funding guidelines, processes, proposals to be funded, and the amount of funding to be awarded.
- Cecely Reardon, JJAC Vice Chair, Supervising Attorney, Committee for Public Counsel Services, Youth Advocacy Project
- Lael Chester, Esq., Executive Director, Citizens for Juvenile Justice
- Wesley Cotter, Chief Operating Officer, Key Program, Inc.
- Glenn Daly, Director of Youth Development, Executive Office of Health and Human Services
- Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq., Director of Forensic. Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
- Catherine Harris, Private Citizen
- Roland Milton, Pyramid Builders, Inc.
- Edward Dolan, Commissioner, Department of Youth Services
- Gloria Y. Tan, Clinical Instructor, Harvard Law School, Criminal Justice Institute
- Jeff Butts, Director of Public Funding, Boys and Girls Club of Boston
- Bessie DiDomenica, MBA, Doctoral candidate, secretaryofinnovation.com
- Rita Dixon, Private Citizen
- Whitney Galusha, Private Citizen
- Barbara Kaban, Director of Juvenile Appeals, Committee for Public Counsel, Youth Advocacy Division
- Ken Smith, Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston
- Jennifer Larson Sawin, Executive Director, Communities for Restorative Justice
- Robert Riley, Private Citizen
- Natalie Petit, Private Citizen
- Cory Lanier, Private Citizen