State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

California's SACJJDP is made up of Governor-appointed subject matter experts who are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all youth in California.
State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention

To serve the Governor, the Legislature and the people of California by promoting effective juvenile justice policies and programming in compliance with goals set forth in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act..

Core Values

  • Strategy – a coalition of knowledgeable stakeholders and communities, current or former wards, and local elected officials
  • Advocacy – a plan to prevent juvenile crime while providing treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders
  • Compliance – a means of monitoring program compliance and ensuring adherence with the core protections of federal law


SACJJDP Members. Click here for a detailed list of member profiles.
# Name Organization
1 Rachel Rios, Chair Executive Director, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc.
2 Carol Biondi, Vice-Chair Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families
3 Hon. Brian Back Ventura County Superior Court Judge
4 Chief Michelle Scray Brown Chief Probation Officer, San Bernardino County
5 Dr. B.J. Davis Adjunct Professor, Alliant International University, California School Psychology
6 Dr. Carly Dierkhising Assistant Professor, Cal State Los Angeles, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
7 Miguel A. Garcia Youth Member, Western Region Representative, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
8 Juan Gomez Director of Programs & Innovation, Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement
9 Susan Harbert Staff Attorney, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, Loyola Law School
10 Gordon Jackson Director, California Department of Education
11 Sharon King Regional Compliance Manager, Walmart
12 Ramon Leija Juvenile Justice Reform Advocate, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
13 Kent Mendoza Youth Member, Policy Coordinator, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
14 Amika Mota Prison Reentry Director, Young Women's Freedom Center
15 Vanessa Najar Youth Member, Peer Mentor, Puente Project at Sacramento City College
16 District Attorney Nancy O'Malley Alameda County District Attorney's Office
17 Winston Peters Assistant Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
18 Dr. Mimi Silbert Chief Executive Officer, President, Delancey Street Foundation
19 Dante Williams Youth Advocate Manager, Stanford Youth Solutions

The R.E.D. subcommittee uses intentional, collaborative and multi-faceted approaches to eliminate bias and reduce the overrepresentation of youth of color coming into contact with the juvenile justice system.  Continue to R.E.D. Subcommittee page.

Next SACJJDP Meeting
Date: Wednesday, August 21, 2019 CANCELED
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Location: Board of State and Community Corrections 2590 Venture Oaks Way Sacramento CA 95833
Agenda: SACJJDP Agenda
Remaining 2019 SACJJDP Meeting Schedule**
Date Day Time
October 23, 2019 Wednesday 10:00 a.m.
November 14, 2019 Thursday 10:00 a.m.
  Past SACJJDP Meeting Agendas and Minutes Click here to view past meeting agendas and minutes. *Agendas will be posted at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.** Meeting dates and time subject to change up until the Agenda is posted

For information about the 2019 Title II and Title II Tribal Youth Grants, Requests for Proposals, Executive Steering Committee (ESC) and other grant program information click here.

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 as amended at 42 U.S.C. Sections 5631-5633 (Public Law 93-415) is awarded to California by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It supports local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate projects directly, or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies, for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs and reform efforts in delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement.

  • For information about current Title II Grants – (Grant Cycle October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2019) click here.
  • For Information about Tribal Youth Grants – (Grant Cycle October 1, 2015 – September 30, 2019) click here.
  • For information about R.E.D. Grants – (closed – Grant Cycle October 1, 2014 – September 30, 2018) click here.

California is required to complete a new State Plan every three years. The State Plan is then updated annually in years two and three. California’s annual application for the Title II award also serves as the State Plan or State Plan update, depending on the year

California’s Prior Year Title II Applications to OJJDP

OJJDP Title II Formula Grants Solicitations

Implementing Statute

  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act – PDF opens in a new window
  • Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act – Red Line to reflect December 2018 reauthorization changes - PDF

Under the JJDPA all states must submit  annually plans to comply with the following core protections: 1) Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, 2) Adult Jail and Lock-Up Removal, 3) “Sight and Sound” Separation, and 4) Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC).  The first three core protections are addressed in the Compliance Monitoring Plans. The DMC or Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R.E.D.) requirement is addressed in its own plan.

Plans for Compliance with the DMC / R.E.D. Core Protection

Compliance Monitoring (CM) Plans  

SACJJDP Annual Reports to the Legislature
The JJDPA also requires that the SACJJDP submit annually to the Legislature its recommendations regarding California’s compliance with the core requirements.

Timothy Polasik: Field Representative, Juvenile Justice Coordinator, R.E.D. Coordinator

Deanna L. B. Ridgway:  Program Analyst