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Juvenile Justice System Improvement Planning Project

The Rehabilitation Administration’s Office of Juvenile Justice received a 2 year grant from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to support a Statewide Juvenile Justice System Improvement (JJSI) Planning Project.  The project aims at developing statewide strategies that would reduce the out-of-home placement of youth who commit status and low-level offenses, and explore ways to reduce racial disparity in juvenile justice referral and detention.  Part of the OJJDP Planning Grant requirements includes working with Council of State Governments Justice Center who serves as Technical Assistance (TA) for the project.

On January 26, 2018, Technical Assistance Team presented their key findings, resource materials, and suggestions.  Presentation was centered on three areas: Diversion, Detention, and Racial & Ethnic Disparities.   


Nominations sought for Spirit of Youth Award

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) is seeking nominations for the fourth Annual “Spirit of Youth” award.  The intent of the award is to recognize and celebrate a young adult who has made great strides following involvement with the juvenile justice system; has overcome personal obstacles; and is today making significant contributions to society.  A $1,000 scholarship to attend a Washington state college, university or vocational/technical school is available to the award winner.

The award also provides the WA-PCJJ and the public with an important opportunity to learn from a young person’s direct experience about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively be of help. 


The award recipient must be:

  • Under the age of 24,
  • A person who was adjudicated delinquent and involved in the Washington State juvenile justice system,
  • Must have completed Parole and/or Probation conditions
  • Currently involved, directly or indirectly, in bettering the lives of youth, and
  • Has no outstanding court fines or restitution owed to victim(s) OR is demonstrating consistent payments of restitution in accordance with Court Order.

Nomination and selection process:

The members of the WA-PCJJ will promote the Spirit of Youth Award by distributing nomination forms (pdf) to state and community organizations, media, and will be posted on the WA-PCJJ website at  

The WA-PCJJ will maintain strict confidentiality when handling Award nomination forms.  Following is the 2016 nomination and selection process timeline:

  • Nomination process announced and distributed             January 10, 2018
  • Nominations due to Youth Committee                            March 9, 2018
  • WA-PCJJ Youth Committee selects award recipient     April 20, 2018
  • Award presented by Governor Inslee                            To be announced 

CONGRATULATIONS  2018 OJJDP Title II Grant Award recipients!

2018 Racial and Ethnic Disparities Grant Awardees

  • Community Leaders Roundtable of Seattle DBA Choose 180 - $125,000
  • Community Passageways - $75,000

2018 Reentry and Transitioning Grant Awardees

  • Educational Service District 112 - $91,335
  • Safe Streets Campaign - $80,906

2018 Behavioral Health Expansion Grant Awardee

  • Community Passageways – CBITS Expansion

Joint Summit on Gang Prevention and Intervention

Agenda (pdf)


SMART ON JUVENILE JUSTICE: Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Planning Project

The Rehabilitation Administration - RA has received grant funding from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to support a Smart on Juvenile Justice: Statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Planning project. The two-year effort will develop a statewide plan to improve public safety and outcomes for youth, focused on reducing the out-of-home placement of juveniles committing status and low-level offenses. The project also will explore ways to reduce racial disparity in juvenile justice referral, detention and incarceration rates. The Council of State Governments Justice Center will provide training and technical assistance.

On June 15, 2017, Rehabilitation Administration Assistant Secretary Marybeth Queral and Center for Children & Youth Justice President Bobbe Bridge spoke on TVW Inside Olympia.

How is our juvenile justice system working, and does it need reform?

The Smart on Juvenile Justice Reform Planning process is a collaboration of more than 40 members of the institutions, organizations, and individuals involved and affected by the affected by the system who serve on a task force chaired by former Supreme Court Justice Bobbe Bridge, founding CEO and President of the Center for Children & Youth Justice.

For more information about the task force, please contact the Office of Juvenile Justice at (360) 902-0801 or email



What We Do

The Office of Juvenile Justice - OJJ is responsible for monitoring Washington state’s compliance with the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. Additionally, OJJ provides staff support to the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice. 

Monitoring of compliance with federal laws:  In order to receive federal block grant funds related to juvenile justice, the state must achieve and maintain compliance with the four core requirements of the Act:

  • Eliminating or preventing the placement of non-offending youth (such as a dependent or neglected child) and status offenders (such as a runaway or truant) in secure facilities. (Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, or DSO)

  • Eliminate the confinement of juveniles in adult jails and lockups. (Jail Removal)

  • Ensure complete sight and sound separation of juveniles from adult offenders in secure facilities (such as adult jails and lockups), when they are held. (Separation)

  • Address juvenile delinquency prevention and system improvement efforts designed to reduce the disproportionate number of juvenile members of minority groups who come into contact with the juvenile justice system. (Disproportionate Minority Contact, or DMC)

Funding and programs: The Partnership also administers Annie E. Casey Foundation and state funding specifically for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative; state funding for the Criminal Street Gang Prevention and Intervention Grant Program (established in 2012); and pass-through state dollars for the TeamChild Program.

The Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice provides information and recommendations to the Governor and other juvenile justice stakeholders. It promotes partnerships and innovations to improve outcomes for juvenile offenders and their victims, to build family and community capacity to prevent delinquency, and to provide analysis and expertise to state and local policymakers.

For additional information regarding the WA-PCJJ membership and priorities, please click here.