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New OJJ Compliance Monitor Announced

The Compliance Monitor, Sharon Pearson, is retiring effective September 2014, and will no longer be the principal compliance monitor conducting facility visits on behalf of the Office of Juvenile Justice (for the requirements of the federal JJDP Act).  We will all miss Sharon greatly, and wish her the best.

The WA State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) has awarded the new contract for compliance monitoring to Mr. Bruce Kuennen.  Mr. Kuennen will be contacting agencies directly to schedule visits to facilities, per our scheduled timetable for monitoring (facilities are typically visited once every 3 years).  Contact information for Mr. Kuennen: kuennen.associates@gmail.com; phone 360--515-1134.

Mr. Kuennen will begin monitoring facilities on behalf of the Office of Juvenile Justice in August 2014.


The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice - WAPCJJ initiated and funded a study conducted by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy - "The Effectiveness of Declining Juvenile Court Jurisdiction of Youth". Elizabeth Drake, Senior Research Associate, WSIPP, presented the findings from the study to the Council at the WA-PCJJ January 23rd meeting.

From the meta-analysis of all available literature that was conducted as part of the study, it was found there was a statistically significant increase in recidivism when juveniles are automatically declined from the juvenile court (see page 13 of the report).



September 2013

The Office of Juvenile Justice and the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice are pleased to share the 2012 Juvenile Justice Annual Report.

If you would like a hard copy of the report, please email lisa.wolph@dshs.wa.gov and a report will be mailed to you at no cost. If you would like more than one, please indicate in your email along with your mailing address. Reports are sent via USPS.



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January 31, 2013 Re Entry/Aftercare News Release

The Partnership Council has selected two programs to receive Federal Title II funding to address youth reentry/aftercare: Northwest Educational Service District 189 in Anacortes in the amount of $99,927, and Educational Service District 112 in Vancouver in the amount of $100,000.

Full News Release January 31, 2013