State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention (SACJJDP)

California's SACJJDP is made up of Governor-appointed subject matter experts who are committed to enhancing the quality of life for all youth in California.



To serve the Governor, the Legislature and the people of California by promoting effective juvenile justice policies and programming in compliance with goals set forth in the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

Core Values

  • Strategy – a coalition of knowledgeable stakeholders and communities, current or former wards, and local elected officials
  • Advocacy – a plan to prevent juvenile crime while providing treatment and rehabilitation for juvenile offenders
  • Compliance – a means of monitoring program compliance and ensuring adherence with the core protections of federal law


Report: Beyond Juvenile Justiceopens PDF file

February 2021 Recommendations from the State Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency


# Name Organization
1 Rachel Rios, Chair Executive Director, La Familia Counseling Center, Inc.
2 Carol Biondi, Vice-Chair Commissioner, Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families
3 Hon. Brian Back Ventura County Superior Court Judge
4 Amanda Clifford Policy and Advocacy Associate, Bill Wilson Center
5 Dr. B.J. Davis Adjunct Professor, Alliant International University, California School Psychology
6 Dr. Carly Dierkhising Assistant Professor, Cal State Los Angeles, School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics
7 Miguel A. Garcia Youth Member, Western Region Representative, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
8 Juan Gomez Director of Programs & Innovation, Motivating Individual Leadership for Public Advancement
9 Michelle Guymon Director, Child Trafficking Unit, Los Angeles County Probation Department
10 Susan Harbert Staff Attorney, Juvenile Innocence and Fair Sentencing Clinic, Loyola Law School
11 Elliot Housman-Turrubiate Youth Victim Advocate, Native American Health Center
12 Gordon Jackson Retired Director, California Department of Education
13 Ramon Leija Constituent Affairs Representative, Office of Governor Gavin Newsom
14 Kent Mendoza Youth Member, Policy Coordinator, Anti-Recidivism Coalition
15 Amika Mota Prison Reentry Director, Young Women's Freedom Center
16 Vanessa Najar Youth Member, Peer Mentor, Puente Project at Sacramento City College
17 District Attorney Nancy O'Malley Alameda County District Attorney's Office
18 Winston Peters Assistant Public Defender, Los Angeles County Public Defender's Office
19 Dr. Mimi Silbert Chief Executive Officer, President, Delancey Street Foundation
20 Dante Williams Former Youth Advocate Manager, Stanford Youth Solutions


SACJJDP Roster and Membership Criteria. Categories & Requirements

Detailed SACJJDP Member Profilesopens PDF file


2022 SACJJDP Meeting Schedule*

*Schedule subject to change. Agendas will be posted at least ten days prior to the date of the meeting.


Past SACJJDP Meeting Agendas and Minutes



The R.E.D. subcommittee uses intentional, collaborative and multi-faceted approaches to eliminate bias and reduce the overrepresentation of youth of color coming into contact with the juvenile justice system.  Continue to R.E.D. Subcommittee page.
For information about the 2019 Title II and Title II Tribal Youth Grants, Requests for Proposals, Executive Steering Committee (ESC) and other grant program information continue to the Title II Grant Program page.
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 as amended at 42 U.S.C. Sections 5631-5633 (Public Law 93-415) is awarded to California by the Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). It supports local efforts to plan, establish, operate, coordinate, and evaluate projects directly, or through grants and contracts with public and private agencies, for the development of more effective education, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment, and rehabilitation programs and reform efforts in delinquency prevention and juvenile justice system improvement.
California is required to complete a new State Plan every three years. The State Plan is then updated annually in years two and three. California’s annual application for the Title II award also serves as the State Plan or State Plan update, depending on the year California’s Prior Year Title II Applications to OJJDP OJJDP Title II Formula Grants Solicitations Implementing Statute

Under the JJDPA all states must submit  annually plans to comply with the following core protections: 1) Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders, 2) Adult Jail and Lock-Up Removal, 3) “Sight and Sound” Separation, and 4) Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC).  The first three core protections are addressed in the Compliance Monitoring Plans. The DMC or Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (R.E.D.) requirement is addressed in its own plan.

Plans for Compliance with the DMC / R.E.D. Core Protection

Compliance Monitoring (CM) Plans  

SACJJDP Annual Reports to the Legislature
The JJDPA also requires that the SACJJDP submit annually to the Legislature its recommendations regarding California’s compliance with the core requirements.

Timothy Polasik: Field Representative, Juvenile Justice Coordinator, R.E.D. Coordinator