In every county in the State of California, there is a Juvenile Justice Commission. These commissions are established by Welfare and Institutions Code §§ 225-332.
What Do We Do?
The Contra Costa Juvenile Justice Commission has three primary responsibilities:
- We annually inspect any jail or lockup within Contra Costa County used for the confinement of any minor for more than 24 hours. WIC § 229
- We inquire into the administration of the juvenile court law in Contra Costa County. WIC § 229
- We inquire into the operations of any group home that serves wards or dependent children of the juvenile court and is located within Contra Costa County. WIC § 229.5
In practical terms, the Commission executes these responsibilities in the following ways:
- We meet with key county agencies that are involved with the Juvenile Court Law on a monthly basis, on the first Wednesday of every month. You can find our meeting schedule posted on this web page, along with our meeting agendas and minutes of past minutes.
- We keep an inspection schedule where we inspect every police department that held youth for more than 6 hours, as reported by the California Board of State and Community Corrections.
- We inspect every group home or short term residential therapeutic program (STRTP) where youth are placed by the juvenile court system.
- We periodically hold special sessions when policy issues of particular importance to Juvenile Justice or Juvenile Court Law are impacted by events in Contra Costa County.
Who Are The Commissioners?
You can see a list of our current Commissioners on our People page. Commissioners are community volunteers (not County employees) who apply for membership. They are formally appointed by the Presiding Judge of the Superior Court of Contra Costa County, with the concurrence of the Presiding Judge of the Juvenile Court of Contra Costa County.
If you are interested in applying for membership on the Commission, please email us.