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Operation of Wyoming's State Advisory Group, the Wyoming State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ).

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Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $30,000)

The OJJDP FY 2023 Title II Formula Grants Program, State Advisory Group (SAG) Grant will continue to be used by the State of Wyoming to support the State Advisory Council on Juvenile Justice (SACJJ).  

The SACJJ advises the Governor in the development and review of Wyoming's juvenile justice planning, develops recommendations of priorities and needed improvements with respect to juvenile justice, delinquency prevention, juvenile services, and assists in the coordination, of the development of and enhancement of local, state, and regional juvenile justice programs.  The SACJJ works in collaboration with other state and local governments and community agencies toward strengthening Wyoming’s juvenile justice system, and to provide vision, training and support for a model juvenile justice system in Wyoming.  
A major part of the SACJJ’s core business is to approve the award of funds and provide ongoing oversight to the juvenile justice grants administered through the Department of Family Services. To be effective in this role, the SACJJ continually engages in a coordinated planning process that impacts local and statewide juvenile justice policy, informs and improves practice, fosters the development of model programs, and defines consistent philosophies for how to address the needs of children in Wyoming’s juvenile justice system.  Therefore, the SACJJ will continue to support the following:

•    Ensuring that (1) youth in detention facilities are sight and sound separated from adults; (2) Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS) are not placed in a detention facility; (3) youth are removed from adult correctional facilities; and (4) there is not disproportionate minority contact;
•    Continue to support the efforts of the Community Juvenile Service Boards (CJSBs) and the use of evidence-based practices;
•    Continue to support efforts for Wyoming to be replicate practices with the JJDPA as a Non-Participating State (NPS); 
•    Support efforts to assist local communities to develop local resources to keep children in their homes, communities, and school;
•    Support efforts to assist with efforts of a statewide juvenile data collection system recently passed into law by Wyoming Legislature;
•    Work collaboratively with the two Native American tribes to address mutual juvenile issues;
•    Continue collaboration with the Wyoming Association of Sheriffs and Chiefs of Police on the improvement of the Juvenile Detention Risk Assessment instrument; and
•    Address requests of the Governor’s Office in the area of juvenile justice, specifically (1) Recidivism; (2) Data collection; (3) Leveraging resources; and (4) Examine and analyze rewards and consequences of continuing to move towards compliance with the JJDPA.

Date Created: December 20, 2023