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.

Positioned within DCYF’s Government Affairs and Community Engagement, OJJ provides statewide leadership, education and coordination of juvenile justice system improvement and reform efforts. OJJ leads innovation and collaboration to reduce the impact of racial and ethnic disparities throughout the juvenile justice system.  By providing compliance monitoring, funding and training, OJJ acts as a resource to juvenile justice system partners.

The work of this division generates better outcomes for youth by:

  • Supporting and staffing the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ), a designated primary state advisory group for juvenile justice topics in Washington (Governor’s Executive Order 20-03).
  • Monitoring federal compliance with core requirements of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (HR 6964).
  • Administering the Title II Formula Grant and other funding resources 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.