CJJA Executive Director’s Report: Mike Dempsey


Newsletter, June 2021

I am pleased to announce that the CJJA 2021 Summer Business Meeting will be held in-person on August 13-15 in Nashville, Tennessee. More information will be forthcoming in the weeks ahead regarding which hotel has been selected as our headquarters for the event.  You should have already received some preliminary event and travel information for the SBM.  As always, we ask that you plan accordingly and make your flight arrangements at the earliest opportunity in order to help us manage and reduce travel expenses.  At a minimum, please make your flight arrangements at least 30-days in advance of the meeting.

As you are aware, the Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) has released its’ Sexual Victimization Reported by Juvenile Justice Authorities, 2013-2018. I know many of us have questions and concerns around this report and, in an effort to help get to answers, CJJA has asked that BJS provide a special virtual session for our membership to discuss the report and answer your questions. We look for this session to be scheduled in July 2021. 

Additional, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) recently released the Guidance for Juvenile Justice Facilities During COVID-19 Pandemic report which you can access here.  “OJJDP recognizes that SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) continues to devastate communities across the nation. This devastation includes the depletion of financial and staff resources necessary to support implementation of routinely updated COVID-19 guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and provision of critical services to youth involved with the juvenile justice system.”  If you have not do so yet, please take the time to review this important COVID-19 guidance report as it may prove beneficial to you and your leadership teams.

Plans are also underway for our calendar of events for 2021 and 2022.  We sincerely appreciate all of our partners, members, sponsors and colleagues who continue to provide their unwavering support for the mission of CJJA and assist us in making a difference in improving and transforming juvenile justice systems.

Looking forward to seeing many of you in Nashville at the SBM in just a few short weeks.