Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission

The Juvenile Justice/Delinquency Prevention Commission of Merced County is a state-mandated, court-appointed authority. The general purpose of the Commission is to inquire into the administration of the juvenile court law in this county, to ensure that the rights or physical, mental, or moral welfare of children are not violated or threatened by their present circumstances or environment. The Commission is dedicated to the promotion of an effective juvenile justice system operated in an environment of credibility, dignity fairness, and respect for the youth, their families, and their communities. 

Section 225 of the Welfare and Institutions Code requires each county to have a Juvenile Justice Commission.

The Commission’s responsibilities include:

  • Annual inspections of juvenile facilities including detention facilities and group homes used for the confinement and/or placement of any minor in Merced County;
  • Conducting public or closed hearings on matters relating to juvenile law in the County; and
  • Advocating for youth and needed services for youth in the justice system

View JJDPC Meeting Minutes

Delinquency Prevention Component Responsibilities

The Delinquency Prevention focus of the Commission seeks to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system. The Commission strives to support delinquency prevention activities which include advocating for needed youth services by working with county agencies and community groups, recognizing, and promoting programs for youth, and hosting youth-related activities. These activities may include advocating for youth and advising both governmental and non-governmental agencies of policy recommendations.

Commission Members

The Commission consists of seven to fifteen members, At-Large members are appointed by the Juvenile Court. Two members are appointed by each of the five members of the Board of Supervisors to represent each district. Two At-Large members, ages 14-21 years, represent youth in the community.

Joe HoffarChair
Sandra StevensVice-Chair
Kelly BentzCommissioner
Lori MinorCommissioner
Jermaine PastorCommissioner

Commission Vacancies

We are currently recruiting for both adult and youth commissioner.

If you are interested in applying, please submit a JJDPC application online.