Missouri Juvenile Justice Advisory Group

PO Box 749
Truman Office Building 301 West High
Jefferson City, MO 65101

Phone: (573)-751-2771
Fax: (573)-751-5399

Email: connie.berhorst@dps.mo.gov
Website: http://www.dps.mo.gov/dir/programs/jj/

Details on Board or Commission

Authority: 42 U.S.C. 5633(a)

Department: Public Safety

Mission: To provide leadership and education to Missourians in the area of juvenile justice and ensuring the safety and well being of all youth, their families, and communities. JJAG envisions an environment in Missouri that helps all youth achieve their full potential, including maintenance of a separate juvenile justice system that balances justice for all juveniles with protection of all Missourians. JJAG endorses prevention, treatment, and the use of appropriate interventions necessary to promote public safety and youth development.

Function: JJAG serves as the conduit for federal funding for state and local treatment and prevention services. In addition to serving the specific needs of Missouri, JJAG is available to assist the Governor and the Missouri Department of Public Safety, which is designated as the state agency to meet and maintain compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended.

SubCommittees: As needed

Details on Meetings

Number of meetings: Four meetings

Location of meetings: Jefferson City; program sites throughout the state

Duration of meetings: Five hours

Preparation time for meetings: Regular meetings, one to two hours; eight hours for funding decision meetings

Total time commitment: 25 hours

Details on Members

Total members: 16

Appointed members: 16

Term length: Members serve at the pleasure of the Governor. Membership can be between 15-33 members

Compensation: Members receive reimbursement for realized and necessary expenses.

Member Requirements: At least one-fifth of members must be youth that are under age 24 at the time of appointment. Three members must have been or are currently under the jurisdiction of the juvenile justice system; majority, including the chair, is not to be full-time employees of the federal, state, or local government. Members are to have training, experience, or special knowledge concerning the prevention and treatment of juvenile delinquency or the administration of juvenile justice.

Political Requirements: No

Geographic Requirements: No

Senate Consent Required: No

Members

Vacant Slot
Local Government Official 1

Vacant Slot
Over age 24 at time of appointment 1

Mrs. Suzanne Kissock
Over age 24 at time of appointment 2
St. Joseph
Term begins: Oct 9, 2003

The Honorable Harold Lowenstein
Over age 24 at time of appointment 3
Kansas City
Term begins: Jan 7, 1994

Mr. David E. Nelson
Over age 24 at time of appointment 4
Jefferson City
Term begins: Mar 19, 2008

The Honorable John Parrish
Over age 24 at time of appointment 5
Springfield
Term begins: Jan 7, 1994

Mrs. Carolyn Marie Allen
Over age 24 at time of appointment 6
Columbia
Term begins: Mar 13, 2013

Vacant Slot
Over age 24 at time of appointment 7

Vacant Slot
Over age 24 at time of appointment 8

Mr. Keith Wood
Over age 24 at time of appointment 9
Maryville
Term begins: Apr 9, 1999

Mr. Edwin Morris
Over age 24 at time of appointment 10
Clark
Term begins: Apr 9, 1999

Mr. Pili Robinson
Over age 24 at time of appointment 11
Florissant
Term begins: Dec 18, 2003

Rev. Larry G. Maddox
Over age 24 at time of appointment 12
Springfield
Term begins: Feb 20, 2008

Mrs. Jody L Austin
Over age 24 at time of appointment 13
Springfield
Term begins: Oct 27, 2017

Ms. Joan Mary Esserman
Over age 24 at time of appointment 14
Webster Groves
Term begins: Feb 7, 2013

Vacant Slot
Under age 24 at time of appointment 1

Ms. Erin Lear
Under age 24 at time of appointment 2
Kearney
Term begins: Oct 31, 2006

Vacant Slot
Under age 24 at time of appointment 3

Ms. Jordan Ifland
Under age 24 at time of appointment 4
Columbia
Term begins: Feb 7, 2013

Vacant Slot
Under age 24 at time of appointment 5