The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) approaches Government Relations in three key ways:
In accordance with CJJ’s bylaws and its status as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, our organization operates exclusively for charitable and educational purposes. Therefore, we do not lobby; rather we implement our Government Relations work in a nonpartisan manner with the following purposes in mind:
- We serve as the Washington representative for our members in the nation’s capitol—to advance state-identified needs and concerns in the arena of juvenile justice;
- We create and distribute policy education resources and timely information for state-based juvenile justice practitioners, advisors and advocates;
- We support an active Government Relations Committee composed of CJJ members—including members of State Advisory Groups, Juvenile Justice Specialists and others—who track, analyze and craft positions for the consideration of the National Steering Committee, and inform members of Congress of CJJ’s positions on federal legislation, in keeping with CJJ’s mission and goals.
Each month, the CJJ Juvenile Justice e-Monitor, our on-line and electronic newsletter, features a Government Relations Report with news and views on federal policy and how it will impact state and local juvenile justice systems, policy and practice.
- To assist and inform the development of state and national policy and legislation in juvenile justice matters pertaining to the states;
- To provide a mechanism to work more closely with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and its Administrator, within the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, as well as with members of Congress who are charged with oversight and direction of OJJDP.