History & Authorization
During the 2023 Legislative Session, the WA State Legislature directed the WA-PCJJ to study the following three policy areas: State-funded Community Compensation, Juvenile Record Sealing, and Raise the Age. The directive from the Legislature to the WA-PCJJ can be found in ESSB 5187 on pages 396 & 397.
The Legislature instructed the Council to produce reports and recommendations for each policy area through broad community and system partner engagement, research and data analysis, consideration of brain science, best practices, and the potential impacts on recidivism and racial equity.
The funding allocation authorizes OJJ to hire a full-time staff to manage the three policy projects, contract with technical assistance providers, and provide compensation to those with lived experience who provide their expertise to the Council through our intentional community engagement process.
In addition to the direction to produce the reports, the State Legislature identified the following community and system partners to be engaged with across the three policy areas.
- Superior Court Judges Association
- Washington Association of Juvenile Court Administrators
- Washington Association of County Clerks
- Association of Washington Counties
- Community-based organizations with expertise in legal financial obligation reform, community compensation funds, supporting victims and survivors of crime, or supporting youth who have been convicted or adjudicated of criminal offenses
- Law enforcement
- Public defenders
- Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated youth and young adults
- Administrative Office of the Courts
- Crime Victims Compensation Program
- Office of Crime Victims Advocacy
This list is not exhaustive, and the Council is permitted to expand the representation of community partnership beyond the list above. If you are interested in participating in one or all of the work groups to be established for each of these policy areas, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OJJ is in the process of hiring a Policy Studies Manager to support three policy study projects:
- State-funded Community Compensation
- Juvenile Record Sealing
- Raise the Age
The WA-PCJJ Executive Committee is establishing work groups for each policy area and appointing the work group co-chairs.
For additional information, read more about the policy study projects: