RD249 - Interstate Commission for Juveniles 2021 Annual Report

Executive Summary:

As the Chair of the Interstate Commission for Juveniles for the last two years, I have had the honor of working with dedicated juvenile justice professionals throughout the United States. While our world has been deeply affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, ICJ Offices throughout the nation have consistently ensured the safety and well-being of juveniles and communities. Despite innumerable challenges, juveniles have been transferred and returned with astounding regularity.

This year, we also embraced opportunities for growth and leadership in order to promote justice, equity, and UNITY. Highlights of the Commission’s accomplishments are discussed throughout this report, including:

Completed development, testing, training and implementation of UNITY – the new, nationwide data management system for tracking ICJ cases;

Launched a new Learning Management System and other web-based resources to support users throughout the nation in learning about UNITY;

Formed Ad Hoc Committee on Racial Justice, which revamped the Commission’s Nominations & Elections Process and proposed amendments to the ICJ Rules to bolster procedural justice;

Launched the Leadership Exchange Series focused on equity, access, and inclusion, which resulted in creation of the Commission’s first Results Statement: “All ICJ youth and families are safe, supported, and treated equitably."

Collaborated with TSA, APPA, SEARCH, and many others on initiatives and projects to move the ICJ forward.

These accomplishments are wholly attributable to the hard work, dedication, and professionalism of ICJ personnel and field staff throughout the nation. I am grateful to the members of the Executive Committee, the National Office, and all those who have contributed to the success of this year. I will always remain proud of all the progress made and innovations created, even in the midst of a global pandemic.

As I close out my time as Commission Chair, I am pleased to report that the Commission is well positioned to continue serving as a leader in juvenile justice. I look forward to continuing our work together to promote justice, equity, and UNITY. Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Commission Chair.

Respectfully Submitted,

Jacey R. Rader, Commission Chairperson