Commission on Juvenile Justice
The thirty-six member Commission on Juvenile Justice is tasked with:
- Evaluating State and County-funded programs and services that serve juveniles and families involved in the juvenile justice system, to address capacity, utilization, and effectiveness;
- Informing and advising the Juvenile Court, County Council members, the County Executive, and State legislators on the needs and requirements of juveniles and the juvenile justice system;
- Studying and submitting recommendations, procedures, programs, or legislation concerning prevention of, and programs addressing, juvenile delinquency and child abuse or neglect;
- Making periodic visits to juvenile facilities serving Montgomery County juveniles; and
- Promoting understanding and knowledge in the community regarding juvenile needs and the effectiveness of programs.
We envision a partnership between the state and counties in which the state is responsive, with funding and other resources, to locally identified, data driven service needs. Further, the state works in collaboration with counties to create a framework for optimal service provision to youths and their families. This partnership recognizes that the counties are in a better position to quickly identify and propose solutions to needs, align and coordinate already existing county-provided services to youths, and build on pre-existing in-county relationships (e.g., among local agencies, with universities). Further, this partnership will strengthen mutual accountability and support counties’ responsibility to serve the local community. Finally, this partnership will enable the state to enact standards of practice and care that will ensure equity across counties.
Objectives for Juvenile Justice System
- Youths will receive services and be placed at home or close to home
- Knowledge of input from county residents, agencies, and service providers will be used to identify service needs
- Youth and parent access to services managers and providers to meet other identified service needs will increase
- Cultural, gender, racial, ethnic, and other competencies to meet other identified service needs
- Youths will be able to access an array of evidence-based programs and practices when needed
- Increase service capacity for evidence-based programs and practices
- Ensure multiple sources of data are used to identify individual youth and county-wide needs and ensure accountability