Kansas Advisory Group
Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
James Echols, Chair
The Kansas Advisory Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention was established by the Governor in accordance with K.S.A. 75-7007 and as directed by Section 223(a) (3) of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), to determine, advocate for, and promote the best interests of juveniles in Kansas.
The Kansas Advisory Group reviews juvenile justice policy, advises policymakers on issues effecting the juvenile justice system; and strives to keep Kansas in compliance with the federal JJDPA act.
The Kansas Advisory Group provides leadership, support, and guidance on the realization of an effective juvenile justice system.
The advisory group participates in the development and review of the Title II Formula three year plan and annual updates, review and make recommendations concerning all federal juvenile justice and delinquency prevention grant applications and the Kansas Juvenile Delinquency Prevention Trust Fund grant applications, and oversee compliance with the Federal JJDPA Core Requirements.
Role of the State Advisory Group
The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act forges a dynamic relationship between the state, the federal government and committed volunteer citizens from the states. In order to enhance influence and commitment, the Act mandates gubernatorial appointments to the State Advisory Group. Drawing from a broad range of expertise and community leaders in the juvenile justice field, the State Advisory Group offers vital citizen input into the development of federal and state policy and juvenile justice related programming. The KAG fulfills the federally required responsibilities of the State Advisory Group.