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Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC)

VENTURA COUNTRY JUVENILE JUSTICE AND DELINQUENCY PREVENTION COMMISSION

AUTHORIZATION AND MANDATE

The Juvenile Justice And Delinquency Prevention Commission is authorized through the provisions of section 226 of the California State Welfare and Institutions Code. The responsibilities of this Commission are broadly defined in sections 229 and 233 of the California Welfare and Institutions Code and the standards set forth by the California Board of State and Community Corrections. The general purpose of the Commission is to “inquire into the administration of the Juvenile Court Law in the County” and “coordinate on a countywide basis the work of those community agencies engaged in activities designed to prevent delinquency.”

The first Probation Committee for Ventura County was created in 1909, with committee members appointed on April 2, 1909. Judge Robert M. Clark appointed and administered the oath of office in open court.

MISSION STATEMENT

To serve as the community advocate for the best interests of children before and during contact with law enforcement.

To accomplish its mission, the Commission assures and supports the well-being of youth in the juvenile justice system by encouraging fair and accountable treatment of the minors and their families. In addition, the Commission serves to help Ventura County youth avoid activities that bring them to the attention of the Courts by advocating in the community and participating with public and private agencies providing services to minors in need.

FUNCTIONS OF THE COMMISSION

  • Arrange and conduct annual inspections of local law enforcement agencies to assure compliance with California laws and regulations regarding the detention of youth
  • Provide feedback to local law enforcement regarding concerns found through the annual inspection process
  • Participate and assist in planning and organizing programs dealing with juvenile justice and delinquency topics
  • Organize and conduct an annual awards program for outstanding service and achievement to our youth by those in government and the community

MEETING INFORMATION

The regular meetings of the commission are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except for July) at noon in the Juvenile Court on Vineyard Avenue in Oxnard. All meetings are open to the public.

MEMBERSHIP

Membership on this Commission is composed of no fewer than 7 nor more than 15 United States Citizens. Two of the members shall be youth representatives and be between 14 to 21 years of age, with a term of two years.

The Commission will make recommendations for appointment to the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court who, with the concurrence of the Supervising Juvenile Judge, appoints the new Commissioner to a four-year term.

Referrals for consideration and review by Commission may be made by the Board of Supervisors, community groups, elected or appointed public officials, and individual citizens. To the extent possible, the Commission shall be representative of the ethnic make-up of the County as well as a diversity of geographic areas.

APPLICATION FOR MEMBERSHIP

  • Anyone interested in becoming a Commissioner is invited to attend a regularly scheduled meeting.
  • Persons interested in joining the commission will submit an Application Form (click here for form) to the Commission Chairperson, who will refer it to the Membership Committee for its review. If the applicant is applying for a youth member position, the applicant shall also submit a current copy of their transcript, last report card and an attendance report for the current semester. Youth applicants must also submit a letter of recommendation from the school principal or his/her designee.
  • The Membership Committee will interview the candidate and check references to determine whether to recommend the candidate for approval to the commission.
  • If a recommendation for approval is made, and the commission accepts the recommendation, the candidate will be notified and his/her name submitted to the Presiding Judge for appointment.
  • If a candidate is not approved for membership by the Commission, the candidate will be notified, in writing, of the decision by the Chairperson of the Commission.

CURRENT COMMISSIONERS AND TERM EXPIRATION

Gail Bianchino01/23/2018
Brenda Bodie09/11/2019
Diana Casey02/19/2020
Kay Wilson-Bolton02/19/2020
Erin Antrim06/01/2020
Cecilia Cuevas07/29/2020
Dixie Gertsman10/07/2020
Judy Warner02/07/2021
Terrence Towner08/08/2021

INSPECTIONS

Inspections of the Ventura County Juvenile Facilities shall be made annually in accordance with Board of State and Community Corrections Standards and California Welfare and Institutions Code requirements of all institutions within the county receiving placements of minors whose care is paid for by county government funds and/or who are under the jurisdiction of the Juvenile Court. Written summaries of these inspections shall be included in the Annual Report of the Juvenile Justice Commission to the Board of State and Community Corrections. The Commission shall make its findings, conclusions, and recommendations known to the County Chief Probation Officer, the Presiding/Supervising Judge of the Juvenile Court, and the appropriate staff of the institution inspected.

MANDATORY FACILITIES:

  • Juvenile Facility
  • Camarillo
  • Fillmore
  • Moorpark
  • Ojai
  • Oxnard
  • Port Hueneme
  • Santa Paula
  • Simi Valley
  • Thousand Oaks
  • Ventura
  • West Ventura County Sheriff’s Office


•  INSPECTION WORKSHEET

•  JJDPC MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION


For information about Juvenile Court, please visit our Juvenile Court page or our FAQs page.

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