Boards & Councils

Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Board

The Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Board derives its existence and authority from Title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3711 et seq.); the Anti-Drug Abuse Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-690) and from the Governor's Executive Order (B 001 05), dated January 10, 2005.

The JAG Board members are appointed by the governor and charged with the responsibility to:

  1. Advise the Division of Criminal Justice on issues related to federal block grant monies designated to improve the criminal justice system and reduce drug abuse and violent crimes;
  2. Review the State plan for the JAG Program funds; and
  3. Review applications from state and local agencies for funding from the federal JAG Program to the Director of the Division of Criminal Justice.
2017 JAG Board Meeting Schedule
May 1-5, 2017- 2017 JAG Funding Conference
TBD (June/July)- JAG Reconsideration Meeting
Fall 2017 (date TBD)- JAG Board Retreat

Federal JAG Application and State Strategy
On 6/1/16, the State of Colorado's 2016 Federal Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) application was posted for public review and comment.  If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding the proposed application, please contact Meg Williams, Manager of OAJJA at 303-239-5717 or

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council

The Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council is appointed by the Governor as the State Advisory Group pursuant to the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and is charged under the Act to advise and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on juvenile justice issues.  The Council reviews and approves applications for federal grant funding through the JJDP Act, monitors and evaluates projects funded, and oversees compliance with the core requirements of the JJDP Act. 

JJDP Council Membership

JJDP Council 2016 Meeting Schedule

JJDP Council 2017 Meeting Schedule

2015-2017 State of Colorado Juvenile Justice State Plan (April 2017 update)

2016 Annual Juvenile Justice Report to the Governor

 JJDP Council Mission

The Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council provides statewide leadership and advocacy to improve the juvenile justice system, prevent delinquency, ensure equal justice and accountability for all youth while maximizing community safety.


The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act goals are to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system, by insuring appropriate sanctions and services, due process, proper treatment and safe confinement for juveniles who are involved in the juvenile justice system.  The core requirements of the Act are:

Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders (DSO) Juveniles charged with or who have committed offenses that would not be criminal if committed by an adult, or such non-offenders as dependent and neglected children, shall not be placed in secure detention facilities or secure correctional facilities.  These offenders include, but are not limited to, truants, runaways, or minors in possession of alcohol.  Violations occur when accused status offenders are held in secure juvenile detention centers for more than 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays; and when adjudicated status offenders are held for any length of time either in these facilities or any adult jail or municipal lockup. 

Sight and Sound Separation of Juvenile and Adult Offenders (Separation) During the temporary period that a juvenile may be held in an adult jail or lockup, no sight or sound contact between the juvenile and adult inmates or trustees is permitted. 

Removal of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups (Jail Removal) Juveniles accused of committing a delinquent act may be held in temporary custody, not to exceed 6 hours, at an adult jail or lockup for the purpose of processing.  Reports from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention show that juveniles held with adults for any period of time can easily be victimized, may be easily overwhelmed by a lock-up and may commit suicide; adult facilities have neither the staff, programs nor training to best manage juveniles; and jail or secure lockup does not provide a deterrent. 

Addressing the Over Representation of Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System States are required to put forth efforts to reduce the proportion of youth of color who are detained or confined in secure facilities, or who have contact at any decision point of the system.