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OJJDP Acting Administrator Addresses State Advisory Groups in Colorado and Iowa*

In November, OJJDP Acting Administrator Eileen M. Garry participated in Colorado and Iowa’s state advisory group(SAG) meetings. There are 56 SAGs nationwide that are responsible for monitoring and supporting their respective state’s or territory’s progress in complying with the core protections of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. The Act establishes federal standards for the safety and equitable treatment of youth who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. The visits are part of a focused effort by OJJDP to strengthen relationships with the SAGs.


Iowa’s SAG, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, hosted Acting Administrator Garry’s visit on November 6. Ms. Garry congratulated the group for being one of the few chaired by a youth member. Chair Jeralyn Westercamp works as a coordinator of clinical outreach and development at the University of Iowa while pursuing her master’s in business administration at the university. Acting Administrator Garry also lauded the SAG’s efforts to reduce recidivism and racial and ethnic disparities within the state’s juvenile justice system.


A statewide meeting followed the SAG convening. Approximately 100 juvenile justice practitioners—comprising judges, legislators, juvenile court administrators, SAG members, compliance monitors, and disproportionate minority contact coordinators—attended this event and listened to Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg speak about Iowa’s efforts to improve juvenile justice through coalition building and sharing information.

Officials from various boards, commissions, and state agencies discussed the national landscape of juvenile justice and system improvement efforts within the state. Iowa was one of three states to receive a Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative (JJRRI) grant from OJJDP. JJRRI is a recently concluded 3-year demonstration program that aimed to reduce recidivism and enhance cost effectiveness by improving existing services for youth in the justice system. Aided by a subsequent $270,000 Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Planning grant from OJJDP, Iowa has sustained and is working to expand juvenile justice improvements initiated under JJRRI.

Acting Administrator Garry’s visits are part of a multiyear plan by OJJDP leadership to meet with each of the 56 SAGs. This national outreach effort includes webinars and trainings for SAG members to increase collaboration and enhance compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act nationwide.


Contact information for all SAG chairs is available on the OJJDP website. State Advisory Groups are welcome to contact OJJDP staff at the following e-mail addresses:

Robin Delany-Shabazz, Associate Administrator, State and Community Development Division:

Jennifer Yeh, Deputy Associate Administrator, State and Community Development Division:

*The above article has been abbreviated from the original.  The entire article can be found here on OJJDP's website.

New Reports Released - December, 2017

Iowa Girls Justice Initiative - Final Report

The Iowa Task Force for Young Women (ITFYW) served as the initial core collaborative group for the Iowa Girls' Justice Initiative (IGJI).  The ITFYW expanded its existing membership to include a broader range of juvenile justice system officials and stakeholders.  The group then began to address the gap in services for this population of young women prompted, in part, by the closure of Iowa’s only state training school for girls in January 2014.  It is the function of the ITFYW, using staff support from CJJP, to facilitate planning using the expertise of its expanded membership in consultation with national experts and available technical assistance. 

The IGJI planning group spent more than a year studying girls who are involved in the juvenile justice system, particularly at its deepest levels.  The result is a report and recommendations intended to advance the effectiveness of the system and ensure that a sufficient level of care exists for the serious, violent and chronic female offender.  In essence, the planning group has emphasized the need for female and culturally responsive approaches that are trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate while addressing criminogenic risk/need factors and public safety.


The Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) is within the Department of Human Rights and was established through the provisions of Iowa Code Chapter 216A, Subchapter 9. CJJP is the Iowa Statistical Analysis Center (SAC), a member of the Justice Research and Statistics Association (JRSA), and carries out research, policy analysis, program development and data analysis activities to assist policy makers, justice system agencies and others to identify issues of concern and to improve the operation and effectiveness of Iowa's justice system. CJJP staff provide a justice system information clearinghouse service to system officials and the general public.

CJJP also administers federal and state grant programs to fund local and state projects to prevent juvenile crime, provide services to juvenile offenders and otherwise improve Iowa's juvenile justice system. Annually, this funding is made available through competitive and allocation grant application procedures.

CJJP carries out its duties under the oversight of the Iowa Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning Advisory Council and the Iowa Juvenile Justice Advisory Council. Administrative Rules governing CJJP operations and grant programs can be found in Section 428 of the Iowa Administrative Code.