On January 20, 2021, Chyrl Jones was named Acting Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Since 2014, Ms. Jones served as Deputy Administrator for the Office. She oversaw OJJDP's programs and initiatives, including mentoring; tribal youth; gang prevention, Internet crimes against children; missing and exploited children; child advocacy centers, drug courts; reentry; formula grant programs. She also oversaw training and technical assistance, communications, and budgeting activities.
Ms. Jones previously served as the Deputy in OJJDP's former State Relations and Assistance Division and worked on behalf of designated state agencies for 15 years. Before coming to the U.S. Department of Justice, Ms. Jones worked at the National Governors Association on maternal and child health issues, the University of Maryland on environmental health concerns, and C-SPAN. Ms. Jones holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of the District of Columbia.