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Shanetta Cutlar
Office of the Administrator
Chief of Staff


Shanetta Y. Cutlar serves as the Chief of Staff for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. She assists in all office matters with a particular emphasis on addressing juvenile justice reform, racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, and the Supportive School Discipline Initiative.

Before joining OJJDP, Ms. Cutlar served as Senior Advisor to the Director and Counsel to the Public Safety Officers' Benefits Program at OJP's Bureau of Justice Assistance. Ms. Cutlar joined the Department of Justice through the Attorney General's Honors Program. For several years, Ms. Cutlar served in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division, where she worked on "pattern or practice" investigations and litigations regarding the conditions of confinement in juvenile detention facilities, prisons, jails, and other state and local facilities. She also worked on "pattern or practice" police misconduct and racial profiling cases.

Ms. Cutlar holds a Bachelor of Science degree from California State University, Hayward, and a law degree from University of California, Los Angeles. She is admitted to the bar in California.