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Purpose of NAJJA
Since this incorporation juvenile justice administrators representing their judicial jurisdictions in Nevada have collaborated on policy and programming that would elevate the juvenile justice efforts in their regions. The sharing of ideas and the agreement on core recommendations over the years have led to effective pass through funding streams to support delinquency prevention efforts on a local level. In addition to statue recommendations improving the practice and purpose of juvenile law in the District Courts in Nevada.
From 1974 when the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act took a serious direction, Nevada juvenile justice administrators at the state and local level began a process of improving outcomes for youth and families coming in contact with the juvenile/family court. The Nevada Probation Subsidies Grant which was funded by the state general fund in addition to state monies authorized by the legislature. This money was distributed to the jurisdictions based on school populations. The “Association” would meet and evaluate their statistics and data conclusions and make recommendations to the state legislature regarding the directions and category of funding that would best suit their particular jurisdictions urban or rural.
The Association in these early years recognized that the bi-furcated system of juvenile justice services in our State would always be a challenge. The jurisdictions were responsible for juvenile detention and probation services. The State was responsible for youth committed to the State Juvenile Correctional System from the probation department, youth who typically did not comply with terms of juvenile probation at the local level. These youth would be placed in one of the Nevada Youth Training Centers and placed on juvenile parole after completion of their program requirements. Based on the programming and funding needs of these separate systems it was essential that the jurisdictions be aligned with each other on policy and funding recommendations to the legislature and the State. The Association over this span of time has made a conscientious effort to achieve this.
The “Association” is comprised of the Directors and Chief of the 11 Judicial Court Jurisdictions in the State of Nevada, in addition to the key administrators from the Nevada Department of Child and Family Services Juvenile Division, and the Nevada Juvenile Justice Commission. These are the departments and agencies that practice juvenile justice in the Silver State. They are the boots on the ground when it comes to policy recommendations to the legislature that will impact juvenile justice outcomes in the years to come.
The body meets quarterly to discuss issues and policy that will directly impact the jurisdictions and the state juvenile justice system. They will make recommendations to various State, Legislative and Judicial Committees who vet policy impacting youth on many fronts. Juvenile Justice Reform is the common theme of the Association. To improve the System at all levels with measurable realistic outcomes for the community, children and families we serve.