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Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative - JDAI Video Released

The WA-PCJJ and the statewide JDAI Steering Committee have released a video and talking points on the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative - JDAI in WA State.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative was founded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation over 20 years ago and is now the largest juvenile justice system improvement initiative in our country with 250 jurisdictions replicating JDAI in 40 states.  JDAI’s vision is for all youth involved in the juvenile justice system to have opportunities to develop into health productive adults. 

In Washington State there are ten counties currently participating in JDAI.  73 % of Washington’s youth live in those counties.

We invite you to view the video and the talking points.  If you have questions or would like additional information please contact the Jenny Young at the Office of Juvenile Justice 360-902-0872 or email


What We Do

The Office of Juvenile Justice - OJJ is the designated office within DSHS that 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 - WA-PCJJ. 

Monitoring of Federal Laws:  In order to receive federal Title II Formula block grant funds, the state must commit to achieve and maintain compliance with the four core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act - JJDPA:

  • 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 ProgramsIn addition to the federal Title II (Part B) Formula Grant Program funds, the WA-PCJJ administers Annie E. Casey Foundation and State funding specifically for the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative - JDAI; 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 - WA-PCJJ is the State Advisory Group for the state of Washington and complies with all federal requirements pursuant to 42 U.S.C 5601-5681, and 42 U.S.C. 5781-5784.  They were established from Executive Order 10-03. The WA-PCJJ serves in an advisory capacity to the Governor as required by federal regulation and provides information and recommendations to the Governor and other juvenile justice stakeholders.  The WA-PCJJ is the designated primary advisory state planning group for matters pertaining to juvenile justice in the state of Washington.

The WA-PCJJ’s mission is to promote partnerships and innovations that 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                 FOR MORE INFORMATION

April 3, 2017                                                               Steve Primas  (360) 902-0879

                                                                                    Office of Juvenile Justice



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 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               April 3, 2017
  • Nominations due to Youth Committee                                   April 21, 2017
  • WA-PCJJ Youth Committee selects award recipient          April 28, 2016
  • Award presented by Governor Inslee                                   To be announced 

Spirit of the Youth Award Form

The Washington State award recipient’s name and nomination will be submitted to the National Coalition for Juvenile Justice “Spirit of Youth Award”. 

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