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Juvenile Justice Statewide Advisory Group

SAGJJ LogoFor information regarding the Statewide Advisory Group, please contact the State Juvenile Justice Specialist and Compliance Monitor at, or (603) 665-1505.

The New Hampshire State Advisory Group provides leadership to the State and communities on juveniles and their families by providing resources, program evaluation and technical assistance through advocacy, and education in collaboration with State and local government and communities.

VisionAll New Hampshire communities support their families and children by providing a comprehensive plan of community-based programs that are based upon best practices and measurable outcomes.


The Statewide Advisory Group (SAG) is a requirement of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (formerly the JJDPA). Any state that receives Title II/Formula Grant funds is required to have this board. It is a volunteer, Governor appointed board, consisting of members of the public and government, and includes youth representatives.

The advisory group is required to:

  • gather info from the community about community based juvenile justice issues
  • submit an annual report to the Governor on SAG business
  • write the 3-year plan
  • make decisions on the areas of focus for the 3-year plan and requests for proposals (RFP)
  • make funding decisions on grant proposals
  • advocate for reform and meaningful change in the Juvenile Justice system, and
  • provide guidance to the President and Congress through written annual reports, testimony, and face-to-face meeting through the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (the national voice for SAGs).

The New Hampshire SAG includes subcommittees for Program Planning and Community Relations.

Program Planning Committee

  • Oversees the Request For Proposal process
  • Evaluates grant applications
  • Makes recommendations for funding
  • Monitors sub grantees
  • Ensures sub grantee presentation at each SAG meeting
  • Prepares and submits SAG Annual Report on Juvenile Justice to Governor and Legislature
  • Oversees development of 3-year plan
  • Develops Request for Proposal in collaboration with all Standing Committees.
  • Monitors appropriate Juvenile Justice data
  • Acts as Liaison to Division of Juvenile Justice
  • Acts as a catalyst for research and evaluation.

Community Relations

  • Public Relations arm of the SAG
  • Provides Public education concerning Juvenile Justice initiatives through conferences, press releases, and testimonials from involved youth.
  • Serves as the nominating committee for the Chairperson election
  • Interviews prospective SAG members
  • Refers potential nominations to Executive committee for approval

Upcoming Meetings
All meetings are held in the Administrative building at Sununu Youth Services Campus, 1056 North River Road, Manchester, NH. During the pandemic, visitors are to connect via Zoom.

The full SAG meets:

Current Initiatives

  • Bias Awareness Training
    A contract with University of New Hampshire to provide training to every stakeholder who works with youth, including (but not limited to) employers, law enforcement, group homes and residential settings, community based programs, schools, and the judiciary. The contract includes a “train the trainers” component so that the initiative can be sustained into the future.

  • State Ethnic Racial Disparities (ERD) (formerly DMC – Disproportionate Minority Contact)
    • Oversees the five phases of Racial Ethnic Disparities
    • Works with the Juvenile Justice Specialist in the development of the ERD action plan for the 3-year plan and annual updates
    • Develops NH specific data elements and information regarding the inequitable outcomes of ERD
    • Disseminates the core information to designated state and local leaders.
    • Works with other stakeholders to provide training and technical assistance.
    • Seeks other ERD initiatives

      State ERD meets third Tuesday of each month, 1 -2 PM, SYSC campus/administration building.

  • Local ERD Committees
    • Manchester
      • Meets Second Monday of each month, 11 AM, Manchester Police Department
      • Contact: Eva Castillo at (603) 661-2873 or
    • Nashua


Training Opportunities


SAG Members (as of December 2020)

* Indicates member of the Executive Committee

  • Susan Kelly, Chair*
  • Ron Adams
  • Adam Arseneault
  • Jessica Avelar
  • David Ball
  • Cody Belanger
  • Carlos Camacho*
  • Patricia Dowling
  • Joe Diament*
  • Eddie Edwards*
  • Jerry Gulezian*
  • Martha Kane
  • Charlene Lavoie
  • Judge Paul Lawrence
  • Jeff Martel
  • Don Nary
  • Glenn Quinney
  • Abby St. Pierre
  • Hank Simpson
  • Michele Smith
  • Peter Whelley

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