News from the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice

Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice logo OJJDP is restructuring the Federal Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) to allow for greater flexibility and responsiveness. The reorganized FACJJ will be made up of 10–14 primary members, each representing a group of states and U.S. territories for a period of 2 years (with the possibility of being reappointed for a second term); the same number of alternate members; and several subcommittees composed of FACJJ members and other experts.

The new FACJJ is deliberately structured as a relatively small working advisory committee. It presents the opportunity to engage in deeper communication and collaboration with the leadership and staff of OJJDP, to forge stronger relationships among states and territories with mutual interests, and to provide more timely responses to legislative, policy, and program matters.

On July 15, 2011, OJJDP's Acting Administrator Jeff Slowikowski sent a letter to State and Juvenile Advisory Groups inviting eligible individuals to apply for appointment to the FACJJ. The deadline for application is August 24, 2011. For more information about the restructured FACJJ, the application process, and the eligibility criteria, contact the U.S. Department of Justice's Director, Concentration of Federal Efforts.

The organizing meeting for the newly constituted FACJJ will take place on October 11, 2011, at the Gaylord National Hotel & Convention Center in National Harbor, MD. OJJDP's 2011 Conference for Children's Justice & Safety will take place in the same location on October 12–14, 2011.

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice is a consultative body established by the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (Section 223), and supported by OJJDP. Composed of members of state advisory groups on juvenile justice, the committee advises the President and Congress on matters related to juvenile justice, evaluates the progress and accomplishments of juvenile justice activities and projects, and advises the OJJDP Administrator on the work of OJJDP.