The more we know about the youth we serve, the more effective we can be in providing services and support that will make them successful. DJJ’s Research and Data Reporting Unit designs and coordinates a wide variety of reports, executed via an exhaustive examination of available data and a thorough review of the most up-to-date literature and best practices in the juvenile justice field.
DJJ’s Data Resource Guide is an extremely useful tool for many, both inside and outside the agency. It tracks data and trends within localities and facilities, compares the system to statewide trends, and helps guide decisions concerning services and operations.
DJJ monitors all legislation as it is introduced during each General Assembly session to determine which bills relate to matters affecting the agency and the youth and families DJJ serves.
During the session, DJJ staff attend General Assembly committee meetings and offer testimony on the agency's and the administration's positions on legislation and budget issues. DJJ staff work with patrons and other interested parties to assist the General Assembly with taking action upon those bills affecting the agency and the youth and families DJJ serves.