The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ), a national nonprofit association representing governor-appointed advisory groups on juvenile justice, announced recently that Rep. Melody McCray-Miller, Wichita, will serve on the CJJ Executive Board.  McCray-Miller will represent the western region of the organization as an at-large member.  

"I consider it both an honor and an opportunity to work for fairness and justice for all youth in the juvenile justice system," said McCray-Miller.  "One of my highest priorities as a state legislator has been decrease the number of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.  I look forward to collaborating with other states on this effort."

Since her election to the Kansas House of Representatives in 2004, McCray-Miller has been actively committed to juvenile justice.  In the Legislature, she served as a member of the House Corrections and Juvenile Justice Committee and is a currently a member of the Kansas Group on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  She also led efforts to pass SB47 in 2006, which required Kansas' juvenile justice system to reduce racial, geographic and other biases.  McCray-Miller represents the 89th House district and was recently re-elected to her third term.  She serves on the House committees on Taxation, Federal and State Affairs and Elections and Governmental Organizations.

CJJ's principal mission is to build safe communities one child at a time by ensuring that all children and families within the system are treated fairly.  The CJJ Executive Board meets monthly to address matters of governance, policy, strategy and organizational development.  To learn more, visit http://juvjustice.org/.

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