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Sylva woman appointed to state Juvenile Justice Planning Committee

Governor Roy Cooper appointed Barbara Parker of Sylva to the North Carolina Juvenile Justice Planning Committee this week. Parker will serve as the American Indian tribal representative or other individual with significant expertise in tribal law enforcement and juvenile justice in the American Indian tribal communities on the committee. Parker is an Associate Judge in the Cherokee Court where she serves on the trial court level which includes juvenile court and has worked on initiatives like the Juvenile Healing to Wellness Court.

The Juvenile Jurisdiction Advisory Committee was established in 2017 as part of the Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Act. This 21-member committee, staffed by the Juvenile Justice Section with DPS, is responsible for planning for the changes involved in the implementation of “Raise the Age” in North Carolina.

The Juvenile Justice Planning Committee is the longest-standing committee of the Governor’s Crime Commission. Its mission, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety:

“[T]o provide resources for youth who are at-risk of becoming delinquent due to individual, school, family, peer or community factors. These resources will also provide services for youth who are delinquent, undisciplined, or involved in the juvenile court process from intake through aftercare.” 

The Crime Commission advises the governor and North Carolina legislators on crime and justice issues. The committee focuses on providing resources for juveniles involved in the justice system and programs for at-risk youth.

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