Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council


The Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Council is appointed by the Governor as the State Advisory Group pursuant to the federal Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act and is charged under the Act to advise and make recommendations to the Governor and the Legislature on juvenile justice issues. The Council reviews and approves applications for federal grant funding through the JJDP Act, monitors and evaluates projects funded, and oversees compliance with the core requirements of the JJDP Act.

Current JJDP Council Members

JJDP Council Mission

The Colorado Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council provides statewide leadership and advocacy to improve the juvenile justice system, prevent delinquency, ensure equal justice and accountability for all youth while maximizing community safety.


All meetings of the Council are held at the Division of Criminal Justice.   If you need more information, copies of agenda, or copies of minutes from meetings not listed here, please contact Kelly Abbott at the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance. Meetings are held quarterly and begin at 9 a.m. All meetings are virtual until the public health crisis ceases.


February 17, 2023
2/17/23 Agenda | Minutes

November 18, 2022    
11/18/22 Agenda | Minutes

August 19, 2022    
08/19/22 Agenda | Minutes

June 17, 2022              
06/17/22 Agenda | Minutes

February 18, 2022     
02/18/22 Agenda | 02/18/22 Minutes

November 20, 2021       
11/20/21 Agenda | 11/20/21 Minutes

Printable 2022 Meeting Schedule

Printable 2021 Meeting Schedule

Printable 2020 Meeting Schedule 

Printable 2019 Meeting Schedule


Children’s Code

Committee Chair: Rebecca Gleason
Committee Co-Chair: Stacie Colling
Staff Liaison:  Tricia Denniger
Goal: The Children’s Code committee will build on its successes to finalize a set of recommendations for revision to Article 2.5 that can better contribute to a developmentally appropriate, swift, consistent, transparent, and equitable juvenile justice system.
Date/Time: Monthly, 3rd Thursday, 1-3pm
Location: Virtual

Emerging Leaders

Committee Chair: Rotates quarterly
Staff Liaison: Tricia Denniger
Goal: To bring the ideas, voices, and experiences to the JJDP Council and promote change by guiding policy through youth centered values, engaging with the community and building awareness/education about the juvenile justice system.
Date/Time: Monthly, 1st Saturday, 9am-12pm
Location: Virtual


Committee Chair: Dave Kollar
Committee Co-Chair: Daniel Sampson
Staff Liaison: Tricia Denniger
Goals: To Improve outcomes for system-involved youth at risk of suspension or expulsion & to reduce the number of school-to-law enforcement referrals while impacting the racial disparities in the school-to-prison pipeline. 
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Virtual

Juvenile Serious Crime

Committee Chair: Julie DeNicola
Staff Liaison: Tricia Denniger
Goal: To assist local communities in identifying immediate and effective interventions to reduce the number of violent crimes committed by juveniles in Colorado. 
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Virtual

Research & Evaluation

Committee Chair: Brian Bumbarger 
Staff Liaison: Tricia Denniger
Purpose: To continue to support quality improvement in the juvenile justice system through key research and/or evaluation projects.
Date/Time: TBD
Location: Virtual

Colorado Evidence Based Programs and Practices Toolkit

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Council collaborated with partners to create a toolkit to guide a data-driven, decision-making process to identify specific challenges or issues in communities and to select evidence-based interventions that can be implemented to address the identified challenge or issue. The overall goal is to support the work of improving the lives of youth and families in our communities.

The main areas with tools and templates are

About the Juvenile Justice and Prevention Act of 2002

The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act aims to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency and improve the juvenile justice system, by insuring appropriate sanctions and services, due process, proper treatment and safe confinement for juveniles who are involved in the juvenile justice system. The core requirements of the Act are:

Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders:Juveniles charged with or who have committed offenses that would not be criminal if committed by an adult, or such non-offenders as dependent and neglected children, shall not be placed in secure detention facilities or secure correctional facilities. These offenders include, but are not limited to, truants, runaways, or minors in possession of alcohol. Violations occur when accused status offenders are held in secure juvenile detention centers for more than 24 hours, excluding weekends and holidays, and when adjudicated status offenders are held for any length of time either in these facilities or any adult jail or municipal lockup.

Sight and Sound Separation of Juvenile and Adult Offenders (Separation) During the temporary period that a juvenile may be held in an adult jail or lockup, no sight or sound contact between the juvenile and adult inmates or trustees is permitted.

Removal of Juveniles from Adult Jails and Lockups (Jail Removal) Juveniles accused of committing a delinquent act may be held in temporary custody, not to exceed 6 hours, at an adult jail or lockup for the purpose of processing. Reports from the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention show that juveniles held with adults for any period of time can easily be victimized, may be easily overwhelmed by a lock-up and may commit suicide, adult facilities have neither the staff, programs nor training to best manage juveniles, and jail or secure lockup does not provide a deterrent.

Addressing the Over Representation of Minorities in the Juvenile Justice System States are required to put forth efforts to reduce the proportion of youth of color who are detained or confined in secure facilities, or who have contact at any decision point of the system.

Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Act of 2018

In December 2018, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (JJRA) of 2018 was signed into law, reauthorizing and substantially amending the JJDP Act. The amendments made by the JJRA become effective in FY 2020 (October 1, 2019).

Authorizing Legislation