The Legislation and Research Division (LARD) supports and manages DJJ’s legislative, policy, regulatory, research, data reporting, and strategic planning functions that include:
- Serves as the agency point-of-contact for juvenile justice-related legislation during the General Assembly Session and throughout the year. Staff review, analyze, draft, and provide informational testimony regarding pertinent legislation in concert with direction from the Governor’s office.
- Drafts and promulgates DJJ’s policies, administrative procedures, and standard operating procedures regarding agency operations and essential functions.
- Coordinates the development, dissemination, and periodic review of juvenile justice regulations in accordance with the Administrative Process Act and Governor’s Executive Orders.
- Oversees the design and coordination of routine and official reports, legislatively-mandated studies, collaborations with external partners and grants. These projects are executed via an exhaustive examination of available data points and a thorough review of modern literature and best practices regarding juvenile justice.
- Oversees performance measures by tracking progress toward both long-term and short-term goals through effective program assessments and performance measures.
- Works with agency executive staff and the Department of Planning and Budget on establishing and revising the agency’s strategic plan.