The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board (JJAB) is Kentucky's federally mandated State Advisory Group (SAG) on juvenile justice issues. Created in 1997, it has played a pivotal role in reforming Kentucky's juvenile justice system and creating an effective, equitable system to prevent juvenile crime and delinquency.

Values Statement

The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board believes that an investment in youth today is an investment in the future. It values a system in which youth are held accountable while being provided appropriate and effective prevention, interventions, and treatment programs and services. It values the diversity of all youth and believes that youth should be treated justly, respectfully, and equitably regardless of age, race, gender, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status.


The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board aspires to make a difference in the lives of Kentucky youth and their families by being the voice for youth people without a voice, by building bridges to communication and collaboration at all levels of the juvenile justice system, and by promoting opportunities for all youth to achieve success.


The Juvenile Justice Advisory Board is committed to enhancing the equality of life for all youth in the Commonwealth by actively advising the Governor, policymakers and the public on matters related to improving system of care, enhancing interagency community collaboration, and promoting effective programming necessary to serve the whole child.

For more information, contact Jennifer.Withrow@ky.gov