Juvenile justice oversight committee

The Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee (JJOC) was created within CCJJ and is statutorily responsible for overseeing the implementation of the juvenile reform efforts and for gathering and analyzing data that measures the impact of the policy changes. Reform policies elevated the use of evidence-based programs and practices in Utah's juvenile justice system. Utahns benefit from this because research shows these approaches promote public safety, hold youths accountable while controlling costs. The JJOC ensures that policy objectives are being fulfilled with implementation fidelity, oversight, data monitoring, and ongoing research evaluation.


2023 House Bill 304

House Bill 304 that passed this latest 2023 General Legislative Session made several changes to the juvenile justice system. The summary below provides the primary changes on school based offenses, system impact, and data reporting. The column on the left shows Pre-HB 304 policy, while the column on the right shows policy that goes into effect May 3, 2023. 

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Transparency Site

2017 General Session House Bill (HB) 239 legislatively requires CCJJ to oversee implementation and evaluation of juvenile justice policies. CCJJ fulfills this charge through the efforts of stakeholders from all three branches of government who participate in the JJOC. Reform is an ongoing process and will encompass many other policies that is brought forth to the governor and legislature. This site groups the JJOC’s responsibilities into 9 categories and documents the progress of the committee in these areas.
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Latest Annual Report

Monitoring performance metrics of core policy initiatives ensures that Utah is on track for meeting reform goals while providing an avenue for potential areas to further explore. In this latest annual report we give an update on how the system is performing four years after the passage of HB 239.

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Data Sharing

Our efforts relies on close partnerships with all juvenile justice stakeholders who work with youths, families, and their respective communities. Further, in order to provide transparency to the justice system, information, data, and resource sharing is crucial.

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MEET THE committee

Kayley Richards

Juvenile Justice Specialist


Van Nguyen

Director, Juvenile Justice Policy


Brett Peterson, chair


Tom Ross

Chief Carl Merino

Sonia Sweeney

Judge Steven Beck

Pam Vickrey

Carolyn Hansen

David Litvack

Angela Adams

Christina Zidow

Larry Bergeson

Patty Norman

Eric Tadehara

Anna Thomas

Christina Zidow

Scott Taylor

James Toledo

Scott Taylor

Dustin Jansen

Heidi Nestel

Charri Brummer

Steve Solen

Nindy Le

Karlene Kidman

Sgt. Jeremy Barnes

Alex Yrungaray

France Barral