What is a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council or CJCC?
National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (NNCJCC)
- A Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is a partnership of decision makers and community agency representatives who have a stake in the effective administration of justice
- The CJCC produces many benefits, including a better understanding of crime and criminal justice problems, greater cooperation among agencies and units of government, clearer objectives and priorities, more effective resource allocation, and better-quality criminal justice programs
- The consensus framework results in improved planning and coordination to help individual justice agencies become more efficient, productive, and effective. Such improvements also help local officials evaluate and make decisions about the justice system and its cost and performance
- Local governments find that comprehensive systemwide planning (interagency and cross-jurisdictional) helps to streamline the entire local system of justice, eliminating duplication, filling service gaps, and generally improving the quality of service while controlling costs
In November 2022, the Clark County CJCC was accepted as a member of the NNCJCC. The NNCJCC is a formal network of staff and leadership of selected CJCCs across the nation, which includes subject matter experts that provides a forum for peer-to-peer learning among Network members and information sharing nationally to build, expand and enhance capacity for CJCCs in the United States. For more information on the NNCJCC, you can access the information on the Justice Management Institute (JMI) website at www.JMIJustice.org/network-coordination and click on the link for the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils.
What are the objectives of the Clark County CJCC?
- Support a community approach to criminal justice by involving law enforcement, judicial services, behavioral health, housing, employment, and other social services to address needs of the community.
- Provide a voice for those impacted by the criminal justice system, to include at-risk communities, families, and victims.
- Recognize the role, responsibilities and limits of discretion in decision making of law enforcement, judges and other members of the criminal justice system based on existing laws.
- Provide a forum for inter-agency coordination on criminal justice matters.
- Seek resources to support the enhancement of those criminal justice system programs that reduce recidivism, ensure public safety, and advance community health.
- Identify gaps and deficiencies with the goal of making recommendations to address service gaps in deflection, diversion, and justice system programs.
- Research, analyze, evaluate, and develop innovative recommendations.
- Develop actionable implementation plans to meet the recommendations and objectives.
- Increase community understanding of the criminal justice system and to engage community members from across all racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and at-risk populations.