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BRIEF HISTORY

The Criminal Justice Planning Agency (CJPA) was established in 1980 under the Office of the Governor through Executive Order No. 16 (Appendix A), which created the Northern Marianas Commonwealth Council for the Improvement of the Criminal Justice System. On August 23, 1995 the Office of the Criminal Justice Planning Agency was moved and placed under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety (DPS) for the purposes of coordination and administration of resources made available to law enforcement. Three years later on November 20, 1998 in pursuant of Public Law 11-47 (Appendix B), CJPA was transferred back under the Office of the Governor up until the present. The Criminal Justice Planning Agency was established as the staff of the Supervisory Council, to function in a manner consistent with the Constitution and Laws of the Commonwealth and tasked to comply with the Federal Omnibus Crime Control and Safety Street Act of 1968, as amended, and the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974, as amended and other related Federal Laws.

The Northern Marianas Commonwealth Council for the Improvement of the Criminal Justice System, also known as the CJPA Supervisory Council, serves as the "Supervisory Body" for the administration of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) grant programs for the CNMI and as a mechanism for cooperative action among the various law enforcement and criminal justice agencies and related community programs in the CNMI. On July 26, 2006, Governor Benigno R. Fitial through Executive Order (EO) # 16: 2006-005, (Appendix C) ordered to reduce members of the Supervisory Council from the sixteen (16) to nine (9) members. The current composition of the Council members include four (4) ex-officio and five (5) citizen members, who are all appointed by the Governor (Appendix B). In addition, the Executive Order further ordered the status of the CJPA Youth Advisory Council (YAC), also known as the State Advisory Group (SAG) as a mandatory "Advisory Body" under funds made available by the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The YAC is a 16 member Council selected based on the OJJDP requirements, operated through a bylaw and are officially appointed by the Governor. A Youth Advisory Council sixteen (16) members are listed in Appendix B.

The Northern Marianas Supervisory Council and the Criminal Justice Planning Agency was tasked with additional critical role when Governor, Juan N. Babauta signed CNMI Public Law (PL) No. 13-53 (Appendix F) on May 20, 2003 known as "Criminal Justice Information Act", the Act that established a comprehensive and coordinated information system to collect criminal justice information, maintain it securely and disseminate it and for other purposes. In addition, PL #13-53 further mandates CJPA to be the expenditure authority of such funds through consultation with the Supervisory Council.