Colorado Division of Criminal Justice Worker Receives National Award

Meg Williams receives award(Lakewood, CO, June 21, 2017) -- On June 15, 2017, the national Coalition for Juvenile Justice presented the 2017 Tony Gobar Outstanding Juvenile Justice Specialist Award to Meg Williams of the Colorado Division of Criminal Justice (DCJ).

Williams is the manager of the Office of Adult and Juvenile Justice Assistance (OAJJA). She received the award at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice is a member-based organization that promotes improvements in juvenile justice and federal Legislation. The award, named in honor of the late Tony Gobar, a long-time Juvenile Justice Specialist
from Mississippi, recognizes a state Juvenile Justice Specialist
who has exemplified the following characteristics:
Excellence in service to others

  • Dedication and commitment to improving the juvenile justice system
  • Compassion and concern for juveniles and advocates
  • Agreement with the core positions held by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice.
"This award is a national honor that recognizes the enormous contribution that Meg - along with her remarkable team - has made on behalf of troubled and at-risk youth across Colorado," said DCJ 
Director Joe Thome.
The last time a Coloradan received the honor was more than a decade ago, when Pat Cervera earned the award in 2006.
Williams has spent the past three decades providing social services and juvenile justice services in Colorado. She has served as the manager of OAJJA since 2004 and has traveled nationally and internationally providing expertise on improving juvenile justice systems.