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February 6, 2018
Children’s Defense Fund-California would like to congratulate our very own Patricia Soung who was appointed to the Juvenile Justice Crime Council (JJCC). The state allocates Los Angeles County approximately $28-$31 million a year to be used for local juvenile justice programs focused on crime prevention for at-risk youth. The JJCC oversees and is responsible for ensuring the effective spending of these funds.
In December, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a motion to create the Community Advisory Committee in order to establish meaningful community representation on the JJCC. The JJCC was formerly comprised only of representatives from state, county and city offices. This new structure will have 10 voting community members – one appointed by each Supervisorial District, and five new community seats to be approved by the JJCC. Patricia, who is CDF-CA director of youth justice policy and senior staff attorney, was appointed by Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The community members will serve two-year terms.