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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.