25 Years
and Beyond

Organized in 1994, the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators (CJJA) is a national non-profit organization created to improve juvenile justice systems, enhance local correctional and residential facilities and programs and, most importantly, promote better long term outcomes for youth and their families. CJJA represents the state juvenile justice system CEOs and various local jurisdictions across the country.

The Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators

CJJA fulfills its mission through educational activities and programs as well as research and technical assistance projects. Education activities include a series of annual meetings for members offering sessions on best practices and evidence-based approaches. The meetings convene leaders from each state and selected large counties to share information, identify issues and strategies to address them and form a national voice for system-involved youth.

Education activities also include presentations at conferences hosted by other national organizations and disseminating written materials to the public and policymakers about key issues in juvenile justice, describing the youths and their needs and the system’s successes and shortcomings

Our Services

Conditions of Confinement Improvement, Litigation Avoidance, and Monitoring

CJJA offers support with identified practice concerns and/or state or federal violations. Additionally, provide monitoring oversight and guidance regarding best practice implementation.

Conditions of Confinement

CJJA provides guidance in the reduction/elimination in the use of dangerous practices (isolation, chemical restraints, physical restraints, etc.).

Culture Assessment

CJJA will discuss the importance of understanding culture and how it allows or prohibits growth and environmental improvements. We will assess culture through the lens of a variety of dynamics such as staff wellness, use of force, use of isolation and staff structure. Assessment conducted through record review and conducting in-person site visits on the identified areas.

Employment Opportunity Assistance

CJJA shares job announcements and executive position opportunities with juvenile justice individuals.

Facility Design and Transition Support

CJJA assists in the design and layout of facilities (new build and current site) to encourage positive youth development, trauma-informed and community-style.

Facility Operations Support & Management

CJJA shares best practices to ensure safety for youth, staff, their families and the community.

Leadership Support

CJJA continues to provide technical assistance regarding departmental transformation through site visits, regular department leadership meetings and policy reviews

Policy and Practice Review

CJJA gathers current facility/agency policies and practices, reviews and provides guidance based on best practices and supports jurisdictions in revision implementation. This assistance is provided through review of records and in-person site visits.

Policy and Procedure Development

CJJA assists in the development of policy and procedures supported by research and best practices.

Staffing Assessment

CJJA conducts a methodical review to establish, validate, and/or modify post plans, scheduling patterns, and shift relief factors to determine the appropriate number of security staff required to operate the facility safely and efficiently.

Featured Initiatives

Facility Director/
Superintendent Training

Emergency Planning and
Technical Assistance

PEW Public Safety
Performance Project


Code of Practice

Currently, there are no national standards for crisis intervention, violence and harm prevention, or any type of universal behavior response training. The CJJA Code of Practice emphasizes the need for facility safety which involves reducing the use of all forms of restraints (physical, mechanical, and chemical) and reducing or eliminating the use of isolation. This working committee examines data and research on best practices; reviews existing policies and procedures; discusses the most effective practices in the field. The committee’s main purpose is to develop national standards to reflect the least restrictive and most effective intervention strategies for each of the identified practice areas. Establishing national standards will provide guidance to juvenile justice leaders and staff with the goal of encouraging staff to employ effective strategies when working with youth and families. Ultimately, setting national expectations will improve the safety of facilities and positively impact youth and family outcomes.


CJJA Position Paper

Code of Practice for Harm and Violence Prevention and Comprehensive Intervention Strategies for Juvenile Justice Systems (November 2019).  Code of Practice


Behavioral Health

CJJA has convened a Behavioral Health Committee that includes Mental Health directors and persons directly overseeing mental health programming within jurisdictions to discuss current issues and Best Practices in delivering mental health services to youths.

Best Practices

The CJJA Best Practices Committee continually seeks out information about programs and research that would be of significant interest to directors. Presentations are hosted by the CJJA Regions and CJJA Associate members on a rotating basis and are part of the CJJA Business Meetings.

Positive Youth Outcomes (PYO)

The Positive Youth Outcomes (PYO) committee, made up of CJCA members, research and clinical staff.  The committee seeks to improve juvenile justice agencies’ capacities to collect and utilize positive youth outcomes data. The information will help CJCA come to consensus, and develop guidelines, on the most appropriate and useful methods for collecting and analyzing positive outcome data within juvenile correctional agencies.


CJJA has convened a PREA Committee that includes CJJA members, their state PREA Coordinators and national representatives from the PREA Resource Center and Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA). The Committee provides a forum for members to network, share promising practices, hear from national leaders and gain knowledge from peer discussions focused on addressing the PREA standards.

Research and Data Analysis

The Research and Data Analysis Committee is comprised of CJJA members and research/analyst staff.  The goal of the committee is to expand the use of data and analysis to enhance the effectiveness of practices, guide policy and practice decisions of juvenile justice leaders, and increase research partnerships.  Outcome data provide the basis for designing more effective programs and services, inform decision makers about levels of success related to objectives and examine the effects of programmatic and/or policy changes, and demonstrate accountability for juvenile justice agencies.  The committee strives for standardization of measurement and terms to ensure possible comparisons across studies and jurisdictions.


Communications Committee

The Communications Committee seeks to provide policy and guidance on engaging with internal and external stakeholders, to include youth and their families, through various media and social platforms. Committee members include public information officers, the individuals responsible for preparing and disseminating agency messages.


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)

National juvenile justice leaders convening to address experiences of marginalized youth and create action plans to eliminate disparities and overrepresentation.

Thanks to Our Sponsors

Our sponsors help make possible CJJA’s mission of education about issues in juvenile justice and assisting youth in their interaction with the juvenile justice system. We are grateful for their support.

Circle of Friends

Through our Circle of Friends sponsors, CJJA is able to further our key goals to expand opportunities, strengthen systems and sustain transformational practices to improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Many thanks to our Circle of Friends!

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