The JJAC is comprised of 15-33 experts in the area of juvenile justice and child welfare who are appointed by the Governor of Massachusetts . The experts represent various fields such as law enforcement, juvenile courts, private non-profit organizations, juvenile mental health workers, and public agencies concerned with delinquency prevention or treatment. The JJAC aims to have one-fifth of its members be under the age of 24 at the time of their appointment and at least 3 who have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system at some point in their life. A majority of the members cannot be full-time employees of Federal, State, or local government.

Current Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee Members

Robert P. Gittens, Esq.
JJAC Chair
Vice President of Public Affairs, Northeastern University
Office of Government Relations and Community Affairs
 

Cecely Reardon
JJAC Vice Chair
Committee for Public Counsel Services
 

Wesley Cotter
Key Program, Inc.
 

Glenn Daly
Office of Youth Development
Executive Office of Health and Human Services
 

Robert Kinscherff, Ph.D., Esq.
Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology
 

Catherine Harris
Concerned Citizen


Roland Milton
Pyramid Builders, Inc.
 

Edward Dolan
Commissioner, Office of the Commissioner of Probation


Jeff Butts
Boys and Girls Club of Boston


Bessie DiDomenica
MBA, Doctoral candidate
secretaryofinnovation.com


Rita Dixon
Concerned Citizen


Whitney Galusha
B.M.C Durfee High School/Concerned Citizen


Barbara Kaban
Committee for Public Counsel


Ken Smith
Executive Director, YouthBuild Boston


Jennifer Larson Sawin
Communities for Restorative Justice


Natalie Petit
Curry College/Concerned Citizen


Cory Lanier
UMass-Lowell/Concerned Citizen


Kimberly Larson
UMass Medical Center


Peter Forbes
Commissioner, Department of Youth Services


Adam Foss
Suffolk County District Attorney's Office


Reynolds Graves
Office of City Councilor Tito Jackson


Jovonte Santos
Professor of Conflict Resolution, LaSalle College