CJJA Executive Director’s Report: Mike Dempsey


Newsletter, December 2020

I am pleased to announce that the CJJA 2021 Winter Business Meeting will be held in-person on February 5-7 in Orlando, Florida for those who are able to attend and as a hybrid/virtual experience for those who are unable to attend in-person. More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead regarding which hotel has been selected as our headquarters for the event.

As you have heard me repeatedly say; now more than ever the field of juvenile justice needs trained, experienced and knowledgeable leadership. For over 25 years, second-to-none, leadership development has been a CJJA hallmark.  We have been able to intensify our involvement in leadership development for the field through various projects including the new Deputy Director and Facility Superintendent Training programs.  Despite the size, scope and intensity of the various challenges we have faced thus far this year, it appears 2021 will be no exception to these challenges and difficulties we already experienced this year.

I am excited to let you know that we have concluded the first-ever Deputy Director (DD) Training program last month with 27 participants. As you may recall, this training is funded by the OJJDP through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States program.  All participants were very engaged throughout the training and have requested CJJA to create a way for them all to stay in contact with each other. As an extension of their participation in the DD training, participants have been provided a one-year Affiliate Membership to CJJA, which is currently undergoing a reconstruction. Starting in January 2021, as part of the redesigned Affiliate Program, we will be kicking off bi-monthly Power Hour Meetings and newsletters that will showcase jurisdiction-specific practices and programs presented by affiliate members.  DD training participants will also have the option to join a few of the ongoing CJJA committee as a means to remain involved in relevant activities. The committee options were as follows: Behavioral Health, Continuous Quality Improvement and Outcome Measures, Data and Analysis, Positive Youth Outcomes and our PREA Committee.

Again, thanks to funding provided by OJJDP, we have also closed our fourth (in total) application process for the upcoming Superintendent Training Cohort. We received over 55 applications. Up to 50 applicants will be selected and notified of their acceptance into the program this month. Cohort 4 will officially kick-off mid-January 2021. Due to the continued travel challenges stemming from the pandemic, we do not yet know the full agenda layout but expect it will need to remain a virtual experience.

Plans are also underway for our calendar of events for 2021.  As the plans for virtual and hybrid delivery develops, it is clear that the meetings will continue to be interactive and the impact will be on par with our traditional “in person” convenings.  We sincerely appreciate all of our partners, members, sponsors and colleagues who continue to provide their unwavering support for the mission of CJJA assist us in making a difference in improving and transforming juvenile justice systems. READ MORE HERE