ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER NO. 160
OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR
October 2, 1995
My administration is committed to building safer, healthier
communities in which Alaskan children and families can work,
live, and learn without fear of violence. This initiative is
being addressed in many different forums. My Children's Cabinet
and my Public Safety Cabinet have each identified the need to
revitalize the systems that deal with children and youth at the
state and local levels, and to ensure that these systems deal
effectively with crime committed by juveniles. The Public Safety
Cabinet specifically recommended that the juvenile code be rewritten
and strengthened. Similarly, the Juvenile Justice Subcommittee
of the Governor's Criminal Justice Working Group recommended
in its November 1994 final report that we establish a task force
to undertake a comprehensive review and revision of Alaska's
Alaskans realize that the ultimate solution to the juvenile
crime problem is to prevent children from entering the juvenile
justice system. To achieve this solution will require an active
partnership among parents, schools, business people, law enforcement
officials, and community leaders. As a society, we will be measured
by how well we create an environment in which our children can
live healthy and productive lives.
Therefore, under the authority of Article III of the Alaska
Constitution and AS
44.19.145(c), the Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice
conduct a comprehensive review of the juvenile code, to make
recommendations on how to improve the systems in Alaska that
serve children and youth, and to develop a plan to help prevent
youth from entering the justice system.
Section 1. DUTIES.
The Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice shall
(1) analyze the 1977 juvenile code and related laws, and determine
the appropriate goals for Alaska's systems serving children and
(2) identify problems in the juvenile system that prevent
it from achieving the identified goals;
(3) identify gaps in the community-based services that are
available to assist children and youth;
(4) evaluate the availability and accuracy of data relating
to Alaska's systems serving children and youth;
(5) develop preliminary recommendations for changes to the
juvenile system at the state and local levels;
(6) develop a preliminary plan to help prevent children and
youth from entering the justice system;
(7) evaluate the fiscal impact of changing the systems serving
children and youth and implementing a prevention plan;
(8) hold workshops and public forums to solicit public comment
on the preliminary recommendations and preliminary prevention
(9) develop final recommendations for changes to the juvenile
system, taking into account the state's current fiscal situation;
(10) develop a final plan to help prevent children and youth
from entering the justice system, taking into account the state's
current fiscal situation.
Section 2. MEMBERS.
The Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice shall be co-chaired
by the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Health and Social
Services, and shall include those members of the public, and
the executive, legislative, and judicial branch of government
that I will later appoint. These representatives shall provide
broad geographic representation, and shall have diverse backgrounds
with interest, expertise, or experience with the juvenile system
or with children, youth, and families.
Section 3. WORKGROUPS.
The recommendations for changes to the juvenile system and
for a final plan to help prevent children and youth from entering
the system shall be made by the Conference as a whole. However,
in evaluating the existing juvenile system and developing the
initial plans and recommendations for change, the Conference
shall be comprised of the following work groups:
(1) the Prevention Strategies Work Group, which shall review
and make recommendations for comprehensive state, local, school,
and community-focused prevention and early intervention strategies;
(2) the Children and Youth At Risk Work Group, which shall
review and make recommendations regarding those parts of the
state and local systems that deal with abused, neglected, runaway,
out-of-control, and truant children and youth; and
(3) the Juvenile Offenders Work Group, which shall review
and make recommendations regarding that part of the juvenile
system that addresses youth who have broken criminal laws.
SECTION 4: STAFFING.
The Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice shall draw
on the Departments of Law, Public Safety, Education, Health and
Social Services, Corrections, and Community and Regional Affairs
for the necessary staff support and coordination, as appropriate.
SECTION 5: DURATION.
The Governor's Conference on Youth and Justice shall forward
its final report to the Children's Cabinet no later than September
1, 1996. On that date, the Governor's Conference on Youth and
Justice shall cease to exist.
This order takes effect immediately.
DATED at Juneau, Alaska this 2 day of October, 1995.