JJ Planning Committee Information

About the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee

The Juvenile Justice Planning Committee is the longest-standing committee of the Governor's Crime Commission. In 1977 the Department of Crime Control and Public Safety was created by the North Carolina General Assembly. The Crime Control Division, which was renamed the “Governor's Crime Commission Division” in 1979, was established within this new department. From 1975 until 1977, the Governor's Law and Order Commission had functioned in a role similar to that of the Governor's Crime Commission, as had the Governor's Committee on Law and Order that preceded the Law and Order Commission. The Juvenile Justice Planning Committee was created within the new departmental structure of Crime Control and Public Safety, though the function was not wholly new, as under the Law and Order Commission there had been a Juvenile Justice Committee.

In May of 1998 the membership of the Governor's Crime Commission elected to restructure the commission's committees based upon trends and issues then-seen in adult and juvenile crime. The Juvenile Justice Committee was divided into two committees, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Committee and the Juvenile Justice Intervention Committee. These two committees remerged in 2001 to form the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee that is seen at present day, though that committee and the Governor's Crime Commission itself are now within the Department of Public Safety.

Functions of the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee

As a part of the Governor's Crime Commission, the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor and to the Secretary of the Department of Public Safety. The work of the committee and its very existence also serve to fulfill requirements of juvenile-related funding that the commission receives:

State Advisory Group function – The federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 (JJDP Act) requires an advisory board (the State Advisory Group or “SAG”) to the governor and legislature on requirements of the JJDP Act. As North Carolina's SAG, the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee develops a three-year comprehensive plan to address juvenile justice issues in the state and is involved in the distribution of Title II formula grant funds. Also in keeping with its position as SAG, the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee works to further compliance with certain provisions of the JJDP Act.

JABG Advisory Board function – The Juvenile Justice Planning Committee acts as the Advisory Board required under the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant (JABG) program and in so doing it recommends a coordinated enforcement plan for the use of JABG funds.

Children's Justice Task Force Function – Since 1988 the Governor's Crime Commission has administered Children's Justice Act funds. In order to fulfill the requirements of this funding source, the Child Abuse and Neglect Subcommittee of the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee serves as the state's Children's Justice Task Force, making policy and training recommendations to improve the handling of child abuse and neglect cases.

Subcommittees

Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Subcommittee

The DMC Subcommittee (also referred to as the DMC Committee) is a subcommittee to the larger Juvenile Justice Planning Committee but includes membership from outside the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee. The DMC Committee works to understand disproportionality on the basis of race that is seen at all contact points in the juvenile justice system and to reduce that disproportionality where it exists. It was established in 2001 and a full-time DMC Coordinator joined the staff in 2002.

Child Abuse and Neglect Subcommittee

The Child Abuse and Neglect Subcommittee was formed at the July 2003 meeting of the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee. As North Carolina's Children's Justice Task Force, the Subcommittee reviews and evaluates the investigative, administrative and judicial handling of cases of child abuse and neglect in North Carolina. This review and evaluation leads to the adoption of training and policy recommendations to improve investigation, prosecution, and judicial handling of cases.

Funding Recommendations

The Juvenile Justice Planning Committee makes recommendations to the Governor's Crime Commission relative to the funding of innovative programs that promise support and accountability for troubled youth, that improve responses to child maltreatment and juvenile crime, that reduce disproportionality on the basis of race, and that equip North Carolina's youth for future success. For more information, see the Funding Priorities of the Juvenile Justice Planning Committee.