The Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention held a meeting on October 21, 2011, at the Office of Justice Programs in Washington, DC. Included on the agenda were presentations on strengthening military families by Robert Gordon, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense, Office of Children and Youth, and other speakers.
Also on the agenda were updates on the Supportive School Discipline Initiative, a joint effort between the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to target school disciplinary policies and in-school arrests that push youth out of school and into the justice system; the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-GreatSchools partnership to help inform families' housing and education decisions; and the White House Council for Community Solutions.
More information about the meeting will be available in the next issue of OJJDP News @ a Glance.
Visit the Web site to learn more about the council and read minutes from past meetings.
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.