Office of Juvenile Justice

The Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) envisions Washington’s children as healthy, educated and free from violence. Should they come into contact with the juvenile justice system, we want the experience to be rare, fair and beneficial to them.

OJJ serves as a resource on juvenile justice system improvement efforts and leads the innovation in reducing the impact of racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.  Our work includes:

  • Supporting and staffing the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ), a state advisory group for juvenile justice topics in Washington designated by Governor’s Executive Order 20-02.
  • Monitoring federal compliance with core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
  • Administering the Title II Three Years Plan and Formula Grant to incentivize juvenile justice system improvements at local, county and state levels.
  • Supporting implementation of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) model in partnership with local JDAI sites.
  • Providing technical assistance and serving as a resource for Washington State’s juvenile justice improvement initiatives.