The Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission is a mandated group of private citizens who perform a variety of advocacy and regulatory functions on behalf of the youth involved in the juvenile justice system.
The Mission of the Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law in this county and to ensure that the highest standards of care and services are maintained for the youth within the juvenile justice system.
Overview of the Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) Under the mandates of the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), the JJC conducts announced and unannounced inspections of police departments temporarily housing juveniles, county operated juvenile facilities, and group homes where wards and dependent children of the Juvenile Court are placed. The Commission also inspects and reviews operations and programs of the Youth Correctional schools and monitors medical/mental health programs within the facilities.
The Commission is comprised of not less than 7 and no more than 15 citizens; two of the positions are youth members between the ages of 18 and 21. The Commissioners are appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court with the concurrence of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, and serve a four-year term.
The JJC continues to actively encourage applications for the Commission from the residents of Monterey County. An application is available by printing it from this website or by contacting the JJC c/o Juvenile Probation 1422 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906 or you can request an application be sent to you by emailing your request to: DLJuvJusticeCommission@monterey.courts.ca.gov
The Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) is a mandated group of private citizens who perform a variety of advocacy and regulatory functions on behalf of the youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The JJC is empowered by the California Welfare and Institutions Code (WIC), Sections 225-231 to “inquire into the administration of juvenile court law.” The JJC adopts a goal-oriented and proactive approach in meeting its responsibilities throughout the year.
The Monterey County Juvenile Justice Commission is mandated by State law and consists of fifteen sworn Commissioners appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court. It is the duty of the Commission to inquire into the administration of Juvenile Court Law as applied in Monterey County. The Commission can hold public hearings and require testimony, as well as request subpoenas if necessary.
As part of these responsibilities, commissioners inspect all of the county-operated juvenile institutions holding youth in both the criminal and dependency systems; facilities such as Juvenile Hall, Probation program facilities, the main jail, all police facilities and the sheriff, group homes and foster homes. Findings may be reported to the facility inspected, the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court, Chief Probation Officer, County Welfare Director, or the State Department of Social Services, to resolve any problems or to submit a plan of action.
Other duties of the Commission include, but are not limited to: responding to correspondence and interviewing professionals within the system, department heads, members of the public, wards and dependents, community-based resources, and members of the media as appropriate. The Commission may conduct studies, investigations and reviews into matters pertaining to juvenile court law administration/systems. The Commission also interfaces with the State Board of Corrections and the Department of Youth Authority.
The commission meets the fourth Monday of every month from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Juvenile Hall – Large Conference Room located at 1422 Natividad Road Salinas, CA 93906.