Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC)

History

The involvement of good citizens in the California Juvenile Justice System dates back to 1903 in the Defining and Providing for the Control, Protection, and Treatment of Dependent and Delinquent Children ACT, California’s first juvenile court law. The law prohibited the commitment of children under 12 years old, to jail, prison, or police stations and put them under the care of the sheriff, police officer, constable, or probation officer. It required that children be placed in a city or county facility outside of any jail. The Act was amended in 1905 to require the juvenile court of each county to appoint a probation committee. Members of the probation committee served as unpaid assistant probation officers and citizen’s advisory groups.

Over the years the functions of the probation committee varied from inspections of private and public juvenile institutions to public relations and political influence for the probation department. On September 15, 1961, the probation committee became the Juvenile Justice Commission as required under Section 225 of the California Welfare and Institution Code (W&IC). The Delinquency Prevention Commission was established under Section 233 W&IC. On September 11, 1967, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors ordained that the Juvenile Justice Commission be designated as the Delinquency Prevention Commission and shall be known as the Riverside County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC).

Legal Authority and Role of the Commission

As noted, Section 225 W&IC mandates that each county in the State of California shall have a Juvenile Justice Commission. The role of the Commission is set forth in Section 229 W&IC, wherein they are appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court to fulfill various responsibilities including monitoring administration of juvenile court law and supporting activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency. Each year the Commissioners inspect all juvenile halls, law enforcement facilities and public or private group home or placement facilities in which one or more minors are present for any length of time. Inspections are the main role of the Commissioners to ensure that needed services are identified, developed and provided for all youth.

While conducting inspections, Commissioners review programs designed to address juvenile issues, menus for nutritious, well-balanced meals, safety and cleanliness of the facility, physical exercise regimes, health and mental health services and the classroom education provided as applicable. During inspections the Commissioners take the opportunity to speak to the youth and ask questions about their treatment and well-being. They may also ask staff questions about daily operations, program schedules and activity calendars. Upon completion of each inspection, the commission is required to provide a formal report of their findings to the Board of State and Community Corrections (BSCC), Presiding Judge of the Superior Juvenile Court and the Probation Department.

The Commissioners

The Commission consists of not less than seven and no more than fifteen members who serve up to two, four-year terms. This includes two Youth Commissioner positions, 18-21 years of age. All members are community volunteers, private citizens and residents of Riverside County. Respectful of the confidentiality of all juvenile court matters, each Commissioner uses the utmost discretion and integrity while conducting Commission business. These men and women donate their time and energy due to their sincere interest in the youth of Riverside County.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission is to inquire into the administration of juvenile court law within Riverside County, to assure the highest standards of care and services for the youth within the juvenile justice system, and to engage in activities designed to prevent juvenile delinquency by coordinating on a countywide basis with community agencies. The JJDPC is dedicated to the promotion of an effective juvenile justice system operated in an environment of credibility, dignity, fairness and respect for the youth of Riverside County.

Commissioners
Jay Jester, Chair
Roberta Derilo, Vice-Chair
Rosa Gascoigne, Secretary-Treasurer
Laurel Cook
Raymond Lyons
Georgia Hussein
Mike Robitzer
Dennis June
Bob Walter
Robert Lippert

JJDPC is seeking new members to fill commission vacancies. If you have a sincere desire to serve in the community, you will find this work interesting and rewarding. To volunteer, you must be a resident of Riverside County and available to serve approximately 4-10 hours per month. A background check shall be conducted on all applicants. For more information, please contact us.

JJDPC CONTACT INFORMATION
Carla Leung-Wo, Probation JJDPC Support
Phone: 951-600-6752
cleungwo@rivco.org

JJDPC Documents