The July 21, 2011, meeting of the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, chaired by Attorney General Eric Holder, included a segment on youth and family engagement involving family representatives and highlighting federal strategies, a presentation of recommendations to the Council from the working draft of the consolidated report of the issue teams for consideration and action, and the announcement of a joint effort between the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education to support effective school discipline practices. For more information, see the article entitled "Attorney General and Education Secretary Announce Joint Project To Address School Disciplinary Practices" in this issue.
The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is an independent body within the executive branch of the federal government operated under the Federal Advisory Committee Act. The Council's primary functions are to coordinate federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs relating to missing and exploited children.
The Council is made up of 22 members13 ex officio and affiliate members and 9 practitioners. The ex officio members are: the Attorney General; the Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention; the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Education, Health and Human Services (HHS), Housing and Urban Development, and Labor; the Assistant Secretary of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy; and the Chief Executive Officer of the Corporation for National and Community Service. Affiliate members are the Secretaries of the U.S. Departments of Agriculture, Defense, and the Interior; and the Administrator of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration of HHS. The nine juvenile justice practitioner members are appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Senate Majority Leader, and the President of the United States.