Office of the Arizona Governor Doug Ducey
Governor's Office of Youth, Faith and Family

The Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission

Wellness & Recovery

The AJJC is authorized under Executive Order 2012-04 to address juvenile delinquency and child welfare issues in the State. The AJJC consists of 29 members appointed by the Governor. The members have training, experience and special knowledge concerning the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency, the administration of juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The AJJC includes representation from juvenile justice agencies, child welfare agencies, private nonprofit organizations, locally-elected officials, as well as volunteers and youth. The AJJC shall:

  1. Serve in an advisory capacity over the duties for which it was established as set forth in the Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended (JJDP). This will include efforts to both monitor for compliance with the core requirements of the JJDP Act, and ensure that Arizona has an adequate system in place to monitor jails, lockups, detention, correctional facilities, and non-secure facilities for compliance with federal regulations for the secure holding of juveniles;
  2. Assist in the development of the State’s Three-Year Plan and associated updates and establish funding priorities for the implementation of the JJDP Title II Formula Grant program;
  3. Serve as the State Task Force and assist in the development of the State’s Three-Year Plan and associated updates and establish funding priorities for the implementation of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act/Children’s Justice Act (CJA);
  4. Serve as the State Council for Interstate Juvenile Supervision as required by A.R.S. 8-368, Art. IX, the Interstate Compact for Juveniles (“Compact”), signed by Arizona in 2003 and effective in 2008;
  5. Advise the Governor on those matters relating to the improvement of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems and programs relating to the investigation and prosecution of child abuse and neglect cases;
  6. Address the linkage between the child welfare system and the juvenile justice system and supporting efforts to improve interagency coordinated service delivery, and sharing of data relating to youth involved in both systems;
  7. Advocate for alternatives to juvenile detention, corrections system improvements, and re-entry efforts that improve outcomes for all youth and families involved in Arizona’s juvenile justice system;
  8. Review Arizona’s juvenile justice and child welfare system making recommendations for system improvements, and developing plans to implement reform efforts; and
  9. Improve coordination of policy development and state and federal funding associated with juvenile justice system and child protection efforts, particularly in the investigation of cases of child sexual and physical abuse and exploitation, in a manner which limits additional trauma to the child victim.

Executive Order 2012-04