Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils

With funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Justice Management Institute(JMI), the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI), and the National Association of Counties (NACo), are bringing together leaders and top-level staff from criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) across the country that have major roles in shaping decisions regarding criminal justice.

The goal of this project is to provide a central place for the leaders and senior staff of CJCCs to share information and ideas about common problems and promising approaches to addressing these problems. Project objectives include:

  • Providing an outlet for CJCC leaders and senior staff to discuss common issues and opportunities;
  • Facilitating a learning exchange among CJCCs on promising innovations and evidence-based policy and practice;
  • Creating a network of CJCC leaders and staff for on-going peer-to-peer technical assistance; and
  • Developing materials that will aid CJCCs in their policy making and will assist other jurisdictions in developing effective CJCCs of their own.

The following jurisdictions have been selected as members of the National CJCC Network:

  • Coconino County, Arizona
  • Sacramento, California
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Pinellas County, Florida
  • Clinton County, Iowa
  • Johnson County, Kansas
  • Jefferson County, Kentucky
  • Hennepin County, Minnesota
  • Mecklenberg County, North Carolina
  • Multnomah County, Oregon
  • Charlottesville, Virginia
  • Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 

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CJCC Mini-Guide Series:

Network members have a long history of collaboration and leadership in local criminal justice planning and, therefore, offer a wealth of knowledge on various topics that affect local criminal justice systems and the struggles and successes they have experienced first-hand.

JMI  has been capturing these great narratives in our CJCC Mini-Guide Series. This series features interviews and summary articles from Network members on initiatives and topic areas that have affected their jurisdictions and that they have had direct experience undertaking. With the Mini-Guide Series, JMI provides the Network and broader CJCC field with brief, yet helpful, articles on various initiatives and practices that have proven to be useful in one or more of the CJCC Network member jurisdictions.

Visit our Resources section for access to our Mini-Guide Series.  Topics include:

  • Profile of the work that Multnomah County’s Local Public Safety Coordinating Council in Portland, OR has done with GIS mapping.  We also discuss how mapping tools might be useful other jurisdictions.
  • The importance and various ways of measuring CJCC performance.
  • Interviews with three CJCC leaders about the creation, maintenance, and importance of integrated data systems.  The leaders are from Johnson County, Kansas; the District of Columbia; and Pinellas County, Florida.
  • Interview with Tiana Glenna of Eau Claire County, Wisconsin about their use of a risk and needs assessment tool.

 

Other Publications:

You may also want to look at our piece, Improving Criminal Justice System Planning and Operations: Challenges for Local Governments and Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, that outlines key challenges that local governments and their CJCCs face.  This paper draws from discussions with the CJCC Network and from the work of Robert Cushman.