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Sununu updates advisory group on juvenile justice system

October 9, 2021 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed an executive order that updates an advisory group on the juvenile justice system.

The order, signed Thursday, establishes the Juvenile Justice Reform Commission, which replaces the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice that was created in 1999.

The state “has an opportunity to redesign its juvenile justice system in a way that provides accountability without criminalization, offers alternatives to justice system involvement, provides an individualized approach based on the juveniles risks and need, while ensuring the safety of the community,” the executive order said.

An advisory group must be maintained so that New Hampshire can continue to remain eligible for obtaining federal aid to help combat juvenile crime.

Members include representatives of the state departments of Health and Human Services, Education, and Safety; the Division of Children and Family Services; representatives of the legal system; nonprofits and parent groups; people with experience in addressing school violence, mental health and substance abuse; and people that are or have been under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system.

The order says the group shall hold an organizational meeting before Nov. 15.