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Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

NCJ Number
Gina E. Wood
Date Published
November 1995
4 pages
This fact sheet reports on the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (CCJJDP's) legislative mandate, responsibilities, major activities, and its National Juvenile Justice Action Plan.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act establishes the CCJJDP as an independent body within the executive branch of the Federal Government. The Council's primary functions are to coordinate all Federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, all Federal programs and activities that detain or care for unaccompanied juveniles, and all Federal programs relating to missing and exploited children. The 1992 amendments broadened the Council's responsibilities to include coordination with State and local programs. Recent Council discussions reflect a desire to address critical program issues between Federal programs and State and local communities and to build funding partnerships with national organizations concerned with juvenile justice and delinquency prevention. During the initial meeting of the Coordinating Council, the Attorney General's call for a "national agenda for children" received unanimous support. The development of a National Juvenile Justice Action Plan, supporting State and local efforts to comprehensively address the needs of the Nation's children, is the Council's response to this challenge. The Action Plan focuses on critical areas that demand immediate Federal, State, and local attention. It advocates adoption of eight priority objectives designed to prevent and control delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system. These objectives are outlined, along with the implementation plan. CCJJDP members are listed.