Delaware Governor John Carney is reestablishing a group that will examine ways to prevent kids from entering or re-entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems.
Carney signed an executive order restoring the Juvenile Justice Advisory Group (JJAG) on Wednesday night in hopes of reducing crime in the long run.
“We want all Delaware kids to become healthy and productive citizens of our state, and that includes preventing kids from going down the wrong path and coordinating services for those leaving the juvenile justice system,” said Carney, D-Delaware. “The Juvenile Justice Advisory Group will help us create an environment where all Delaware kids have an opportunity to succeed. This Executive Order will recharge and reenergize the group to find solutions that will work.”
The JJAG will be comprised of between 15 and 33 members appointed by the governor. Each member will have training, experience or special knowledge related to juvenile delinquency, juvenile justice or reduction in juvenile delinquency, according to the order.
Members will advise the Criminal Justice Council on grant applications and assist in the development of a state plan to monitor the juvenile and criminal justice system and to meet the needs of related agencies so they can effectively and efficiently help disadvantaged youth.
The group will submit its recommendations to the governor, state lawmakers and Criminal Justice Council by the end of March.