Bureau Administrator
1624 West Adams Street | Phoenix, Arizona 85007
Telephone: (602) 364-3517 | Fax: (602) 364-3524

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The Legal Systems Bureau provides legal expertise to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections (ADJC) to promote and protect the interests of ADJC, juveniles, employees, victims, and the public. The Legal Systems Bureau is comprised of five offices and ten staff positions.


The Attorney General Liaison (AGL) is responsible for coordinating information and documentation of all litigation against ADJC. Additionally, the AGL serves as a resource on legal issues and questions, responds to legal inquiries, maintains litigation information, and communicates with the Arizona Attorney General's Office and outside attorneys and courts. The AGL responds to public records requests, coordinates legal aspects of Juvenile Civil Commitments and provides guidance to staff that have been served with court subpoenas or summons. AGL staff attends court hearings with the Arizona Attorney General's Office and assists with creation, revision and review of agency policies and procedures.


In order to ensure that youth committed to ADJC receive the due process safeguards entitled to them by the Constitution, the Due Process Proceedings Office (DPPO) schedules and presides over all Parole Revocation, Parole Suspension, Restitution, and Disciplinary Hearings. The Chief Hearing Officer is responsible for the administration of due process for youth committed to ADJC. This officer interprets Arizona Criminal Statutes, current case law, and Department policies and procedures in order to make findings on allegations and decisions on motions made, and write final decisions. In addition, the DPPO has implemented and refined a deferred revocation process that incorporates restorative justice principles while providing additional treatment options for youths. The DPPO also considers appeals of Separation Hearings, considers Juvenile Community Reentry Board (JCRB) release rescissions, issues warrants, reviews requests to move youths from placement at home to a more restrictive placement, and issues discharges.


The Juvenile Ombuds serve as an essential link between facility staff and the juveniles committed to ADJC’s care. They train all juveniles committed to ADJC’s care regarding their rights during their stay and in understanding and accessing the grievance procedure. Ombuds advocate for youth in administrative hearings, investigate juvenile complaints, advocate for improvements and access to appropriate care, facilitate the juvenile grievance procedure, and monitor conditions at each facility. Ombuds also assist in serving as monitors for PREA compliance.


The Policy Unit develops and maintains policy and accompanying procedures. These incorporate professional standards of practice and serve as the authority which develops accountability of all functions within the agency. Policy is a management tool for directing staff behavior and communicating the agency’s vision, values and guiding principles. Policy analysts examine existing policy and research to identify what needs to be addressed with new policy. This work can include compiling statistics, reading reports and synthesizing the information into a meaningful document and helping with the actual drafting of policy language.


The Office of Restorative Justice and Victims’ Rights is responsible for serving the victims of ADJC juveniles. The office develops restorative programs so juveniles committed to the department can begin to repair the harm to their victims and the community. This office preserves victims' rights, enhances juvenile accountability and promotes safer communities.