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Authority and Responsibilities

Section 223 (a)(3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act of 1974, as amended in 2002, requires each State to establish an advisory group, appointed by the chief executive of the State.  The JJDP State Advisory Group was created to participate in the development and review of the State’s JJDP plan and to carry out other specified functions of the JJDP Act.

The JJDP State Advisory Group's (SAG) responsibilities include the following:

  • Approving the preparation and implementation of the JJDP Act in Florida, the state juvenile justice plan and any other requirements as mandated by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention;
  • Submitting to the Governor, at least annually, recommendations related to its functions, including State compliance with requirements of the JJDP ACT and any other JJDP SAG concerns;
  • Reviewing and commenting on all JJDP SAG grant applications submitted for consideration for funding through the JJDP Act.  Develop JJDP SAG procedures that address the Requests for Proposal, receipt of proposals, review of proposals and the recommended funding processes for all projects funded by JJDP funds;
  • Monitor and ensure that the four federal mandates, defined by the JJDP Act of 1974, as amended, are addressed;
  • Develop a JJDP SAG policy regarding the promotion of community partnerships and delinquency prevention programs that address the development of educational, training, research, prevention, diversion, treatment and rehabilitative programs in Florida's Juvenile Justice System;
  • Reviewing the progress and accomplishments of the JJDP SAG projects funded under the State Three-Year Plan;
  • Regularly seeking comments, recommendations and opinions from juveniles currently under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Justice System; and
  • Serving as the Juvenile Crime Enforcement Coalition responsible for providing comment to the Department regarding the development of a coordinated crime enforcement plan designed to reduce juvenile crime.

The Mission of the State Advisory Group is to effectively administer and manage federally allocated funds for juvenile delinquency prevention, ensure compliance with Federal Juvenile Justice Act mandates and to partner with the Governor, the Legislature, the Department of Juvenile Justice and community leaders from around the State to build a better and safer Florida for our youth and their families.