Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) Print this Page
Phone: (415) 444-7020
Email: administration@marincourt.org
Location: Civic Center, Hall of Justice, Room 116
Office Hours: 8:30am - 4:00pm


The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission (JJDPC) of Marin County functions as a state-mandated, court-appointed authority that inquires into the administration of the juvenile justice system of Marin County.

The Marin County JJDPC has identified two areas of focus: Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact and supporting the widespread application of Restorative Justice in communities, schools, and the juvenile justice system. Throughout all of its work the Commission places the highest value on evidence based best practices that show the most promise for assisting youth in reaching their highest potential. A more detailed report of our strategic plan is available below.

The Commission is required by statute to perform annual inspections of facilities administered by the Marin County Probation Department that hold juveniles. These facilities include the juvenile hall, shelters, and group homes used for the placement of minors in Marin County. The Commission is required to make reports to the juvenile court and California Board of Corrections and Rehabilitation. Commission members also may issue recommendations to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Probation Department and other interested agencies about issues of concern that arise in the course of the inspections.

Additionally, the Commission seeks to prevent juveniles from entering the juvenile justice system whenever possible. Commission activities supporting delinquency prevention include: identifying and advocating for needed youth services by working with county agencies and community groups; recognizing and promoting programs for youth; hosting youth-related activities; partnering with the Probation Department to form a Community Justice Initiative which is seeding and co-creating Restorative Justice based systems in communities and schools, and being instrumental in establishing and supporting a Youth Court.

The Commission’s commitment to prevention offers wonderful opportunities for community members to make a difference for Marin youth. If you would like to be a part of helping develop solutions to disproportionate minority contact problems within the County and/or if you would like to help co-create a viable alternative justice system for youth that is grounded in restorative principles and practices, please consider joining the Commission or getting involved as a Friend of the Commission. Additionally, if there’s an aspect of the Marin Juvenile Justice system that you’d like to see us address, please let us know. Our meetings are open to the public. See below for more information on how you can participate.

Commission Membership

The commission has a maximum of 21 members, including two members between 14 and 21 years of age. The Commission is a volunteer organization and is currently recruiting interested people who are passionate about making a difference in the juvenile justice system. Our goal is to represent the diversity of Marin County.

Commissioner duties include attending monthly meetings, involvement in Commission initiatives such as Community Justice Initiative (CJI) or Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC), participating in inspections and investigations, preparing reports, working on subcommittees as needed, and assisting in community forums and events. Commissioners are appointed for terms of four years (two years for youth members) and can be reappointed upon the expiration of their terms.

Application for Membership on the Commission

Individuals who are interested in volunteering for this Commission should attend a Commission meeting or may contact Court Administration at (415) 444-7020 for the application materials. Because of the nature of the work of the Commission, in addition to the standard application form, applicants must give authorization for the Court to conduct a criminal background investigation and submit to Live Scan fingerprinting. Also, the Court requires all applicants to execute an oath of confidentiality, as information about specific juveniles obtained in the course of these inspections must be maintained in strict confidence.

Where and when does the Commission meet?

Regular meetings of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission take place on the fourth Tuesday of each month 4:30-6:30 PM, and are held at:

Center for Domestic Peace
734 A Street
San Rafael, CA 94901

When you arrive, dial the extension for “Don Carney/YMCA”. Parking is available on the street or in the Safeway lot.

Commission Members

Don Carney
YMCA Youth Services

Laura Kantorowski, Ph.D.
Program Director
Bay Area Community Resources

Dana Pepp, L.C.S.W.
DPP Consulting, LLC

Carolyn Placente, M.A.
Staff Consultant

Rebecca C. Sudtell, J.D.

Marissa Wertheimer, J.D.
Coordinator, Restorative Justice Program
Marin County Probation Department

Anicia Williams, LMFT
Primary Therapist
Bayside Marin

How to contact the Commission

Attend one of our monthly meetings at First Five Marin.

Write us at:

Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission
Marin County Superior Court
P.O. Box 4988
San Rafael, CA 94913-4988


The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission is a court-appointed group of community members interested in monitoring and improving the quality of juvenile justice programs in Marin County. This Commission is established pursuant to the California Welfare and Institutions Code sections 225 through 230 and has specific duties and responsibilities described in those statutes.

How can the JJDPC help you?

The JJDPC has access to all juvenile facilities housing minors under the Court's jurisdiction. The Commission investigates complaints from minors, parents and guardians.The JJDPC does not have access to staff personnel records.

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