JJC is an Ohio-based organization utilizing advocacy efforts, including legislative and regulatory advocacy, coalition building, and public education efforts, to improve Ohio’s juvenile justice system. Click here to view our strategic plan for 2015-2018. Through this work, JJC works to:
Track statewide policies: JJC monitors legislative, regulatory, budgetary, and court-based changes to the juvenile justice field in Ohio.
Lead visits to juvenile facilities: Each year, JJC conducts citizen tours to juvenile correctional facilities or juvenile detention facilities. These visits are designed to allow the public to visit and ask questions about these facilities and meet the youth they serve.
Increase public engagement: JJC works to get the general public, who fund juvenile justice programs in the state through taxpayer dollars, more involved in Ohio’s juvenile justice system. In addition, JJC works to elevate the voices of those directly affected by the system, including youth who have been through the juvenile justice system, their families, and their communities.
Provide trainings: JJC provides research-based trainings on juvenile justice system involvement to a variety of stakeholders.
Participate in relevant coalitions: JJC belongs to several statewide coalitions, including the Ohio Juvenile Justice Alliance, the Attorney General’s Taskforce on Criminal Justice and Mental Illness, the Ohio Justice Alliance for Community Corrections, and the National Juvenile Justice Network.