State Advisory Group (SAG)

Georgia's Juvenile Justice State Advisory Group (SAG)

As a requirement of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) and continued Title II Formula Grant funding, each state must establish a State Advisory Group (SAG) charged with carrying out the purposes of the Act and implement the Act’s core requirements/protections at the state and local level. The Act’s core requirements include: (1) Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders; (2) Removal of juveniles from adult jails and lock-ups; (3) Sight and sound separation; and, (4) Racial and Ethnic Disparities/Disproportionate Minority Contact. For more information on the first three Core Requirements, please visit the Juvenile Justice Compliance Monitoring homepage. Georgia’s SAG is appointed by the Governor and serves in an advisory capacity to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), the designated state agency for juvenile justice formula funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The Council serves as the supervisory role, but relies on the SAG to oversee and advise on the preparation and implementation of the state’s Juvenile Justice 3-Year Plan, which is a requirement of continued Title II funding.

Juvenile Jurisdictional Subcommittee Report Released

The SAG Juvenile Jurisdictional Subcommittee’s goal is to further research the age of juvenile court jurisdiction in Georgia, consult with relevant stakeholders, assess available data, and provide subject matter expertise as this legislative change is considered. 

Check out the 2021 report and infographic can be found below.

The plan gives an overview of all Georgia’s efforts to

increase public safety through a more effective juvenile justice system. This plan:

  • Demonstrates Georgia’s compliance with the 28 statutory requirements listed in the JJDPA;
  • Describes Georgia’s effort to partner with other stakeholders;
  • Addresses the status of planned efforts;
  • and discusses projects funding through Title II Formula Grant funding.

Click here to see a current list of current SAG members. A copy of the 2018-2020 Georgia Juvenile Justice 3-Year Plan is attached below.

If you have questions regarding SAG, please contact Stephanie Mikkelsen at [email protected].

Youth Subcommittee

The Youth Subcommittee is a SAG initiative whereas Georgia youth will be provided with opportunities to voice their perspectives, ideas, and concerns, and make recommendations to the SAG. Applications are not accepted at this time. If you have questions regarding the Youth Subcommittee, please contact Joseph Lynn at [email protected].