About CJCC

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council serves as the administrator of federal juvenile justice funds for the state and is responsible for ensuring that accurate juvenile crime data is collected and reported to the U.S. Department of Justice and the Georgia General Assembly.

Working with partner state agencies, we collect and analyze this important information. However, this would not be possible without the support of our data partners-

  • Council of Juvenile Court Judges
  • Department of Juvenile Justice
  • Georgia Bureau of Investigation
  • Georgia Public Defender Standards Council

Because of this partnership, CJCC is able to continue to draw down millions of dollars in federal funds each year that are used to support juvenile court projects in 159 counties throughout Georgia.

The Office collects and reports two sets of data to USDOJ:

  • Juvenile Crime Data
  • Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Data

Previous to 2014, the Georgia Juvenile Justice Data Clearinghouse was housed at the Governor’s Office for Children and Families (GOCF). In 2009, along with our partner agencies, GOCF formed the Juvenile Data Integrity Stakeholders Group. Since that time this working group has come to the following agreements-

  1. Agree that data needs to drive our decision-making
  2. Agree on the collective need for our state to move from current situation to a renewed focus on outcomes for Georgia’s juvenile justice system
  3. Agree we cannot move to a focus on outcomes without coming to agreement about where we are as a state (thus the need for good, agreed-upon data)

The Office contracted with the Carl Vinson Institute of Government for assistance in formalizing our juvenile data collection system as well as assisting with the development of data sharing agreements and formalization of common data elements.

All this work has been focused on a long-term goal for Georgia: Developing system-wide agreement on juvenile justice outcomes.

If you have questions about this project, please contact:

Samantha Wolf
Juvenile Justice Unit Program Director
Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Direct: (404) 657-1958
Samantha.Wolf@cjcc.ga.gov

* Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act, Title I--Part R, Chapter 46--Subchapter XII-F, 21st Century Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, Pub. L. No. 107-273, 116 Stat. 1758, O.C.G.A. 49-5-132 (d) 5 & 49-5-151 (6) (B)