To assist the Legislature in its effort to revise state law to specify the intended goals of juvenile justice realignment, the board should work with stakeholders to propose performance outcome goals to use to measure the success of realignment.
This is precisely what the JJDWG has done by submitting its recommendations to the BSCC in its April 1, 2015 report. As noted in Recommendation #1, the recommendations in the Report have not been approved as stakeholders work towards consensus.
The new JJDWG, which will begin meeting on October 9, 2014, is comprised of stakeholders representing a variety of disciplines and jurisdictions. Since the work group is required to review YOBG reporting requirements, we expect their work will help shape future performance outcome goals.
Please refer to our one-year response.
Please refer to the one-year response assessment.
In establishing the new JJSC, broad county representation was a high priority and the final, approved membership reflects that. The JJSC began meeting in April and has begun to review the data collection and reporting requirements for YOBG. We expect the work of the JJSC to help shape future performance outcome goals.
CSA's vision of BSCC's role relative to YOBG reporting relies upon an assumption of responsibility that far exceeds the legislative mandate. Although BSCC now has a mandate to provide leadership for statewide realignment efforts, that only came into effect as of July 1, 2012, when the audit was nearly concluded.
Given the importance of performance outcome goals in defining the success or failure of realignment, we would expect the JJSC's work to include developing such goals. In addition, the board's response regarding its role relative to block grant reporting is troubling and short-sighted. Regardless of the effective date of the law, because the board is the only state administering body referenced in the law that realigned juvenile offenders, we would expect that its annual reports would give the Legislature and the public the information with which to make an assessment of realignment outcomes. Further, if the board continues to insist that its responsibilities to provide leadership relative to realignment began in July 2012, when our audit was nearly complete, we are confused as to why the board has not taken steps to provide more leadership in the over one year it has had this responsibility.
The BSCC indicated that the JJSC will review and revise the data collection and reporting requirements for YOBG, including performance outcome goals.
The board did not address this recommendation in its response. (See 2013-406, p. 232)
†Response Type refers to the interval in which the auditee is providing the State Auditor with their status in implementing recommendations made in an audit report. Auditees must submit a response regarding their progress in implementing recommendations from our reports at three intervals from the release of the report: 60 days, six months, and one year or subsequent to one year.
*Agency responses received after June 2013 are posted verbatim.