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January 10, 2001


The Board of Juvenile Affairs will hold its monthly meeting at the Doubletree Hotel--Warren Place, in Tulsa, on Friday, January 12, 2001, beginning at 9:00 a.m., announced Richard DeLaughter, Executive Director of the Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA). "The agenda will include the annual election of a Chair and Vice-Chair, an overview of OJA's juvenile justice program, a legislative update and an item highlighting the State Advisory Group's recommendations regarding underutilized community resources," stated DeLaughter.

"The Office of Juvenile Affairs was given the responsibility and authority to develop and manage the state's juvenile justice system," stated DeLaughter. "OJA's mission includes protection of the public, implementing creative prevention and treatment programs, developing resources which help juveniles focus on building a successful future and helping communities create and implement solutions to their own problems. Board meetings, held in various locations throughout Oklahoma, offer people an opportunity to meet our administrative staff, develop a better understanding of OJA and how we actually carry out our mission."

Board Chair Charles Nobles, of OKC, added, "The Board appreciates the city of Tulsa and local OJA staff for hosting the meeting. The Board is committed to visiting different cities and towns throughout Oklahoma allowing us the opportunity to better understand local juvenile justice needs and issues."

In 1994, the Oklahoma legislature passed the Juvenile Reform Act (H.B. 2640) creating the Office of Juvenile Affairs and its governing body, the Oklahoma Board of Juvenile Affairs. The Board is composed of seven individuals, appointed by the Governor, who represent different agencies and areas of the state. The Board, also responsible for hiring the agency's Executive Director, began a nationwide search in August to fulfill that responsibility. On September 13, 2000, Richard DeLaughter was named Executive Director. "Richard DeLaughter, former Assistant Chief of Police for the Oklahoma City Police Department, was selected a short time ago and we are thrilled to have him on board," said Nobles.

The meeting will be held in a conference room located in the Doubletree--Warren Place Hotel located at 6100 South Yale Avenue and is open to the public.