Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee

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JJPOCThe Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee (JJPOC) was created in 2014 by Public Act 14-217 and is charged with evaluating policies related to the juvenile justice system and the expansion of juvenile jurisdiction to include persons 16 and 17 years of age.  The University of New Haven was designated, through legislation, to staff the JJPOC. The Tow Youth Justice Institute (TYJI) of the University of New Haven is responsible for all staffing support activities of the JJPOC.

The JJPOC completed an eighteen month strategic planning process in December 2018. The plan identifies four specific goals for the next 3-year period (2019-2021):

Goal 1: Limit youth entry into the justice system (reserving the formal justice system only for cases that cannot be diverted or otherwise appropriately served by alternative means or systems).

Goal 2: Reduce incarceration.

Goal 3: Reduce racial and ethnic disparities of youth in Connecticut’s juvenile justice system.

Goal 4: Right-size the juvenile justice system by setting appropriate lower and upper age limits.

Click here to read the full Strategic Plan, Achieving positive youth outcomes for safer and healthier communities: A shared vision for Connecticut’s juvenile justice system.