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.
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.
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.
MEET THE committee
Juvenile Justice Specialist
Director, Juvenile Justice Policy
Brett Peterson, chair
Chief Carl Merino
Judge Steven Beck
Sgt. Jeremy Barnes