A joint city-county resolution established the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council at the end of 2018. The CJCC Department provides grant oversight, data collection and administrative support to the CJCC.
What is a CJCC?
The Missoula CJCC is a formal committee made up of key criminal justice system stakeholders who are either elected or senior level policymakers. These stakeholders meet regularly to discuss criminal justice reforms. There are CJCCs around the nation working to drive reforms relevant to their municipalities. Keep in mind that a “criminal justice system” involves all stakeholders within the community that interact with people who are currently somewhere in the criminal justice system, including housing, victim services, judges, law enforcement and many others.
What will the CJCC work on?
The CJCC will focus on data-driven and structured planning process to identify, analyze, and solve or manage system issues such as jail crowding, resource reductions, ethnic and racial disparities, case processing inefficiencies, and how to work with a challenging client population, such as those with mental illness and/or substance abuse, as examples.
The principal mission of the CJCC is to use a data-driven approach to study Missoula County's adult and juvenile criminal justice system; identify challenges; raise public awareness; consolidate efforts; and formulate policy, plans and programs to improve the system. The CJCC is committed to the coordinated planning of innovative corrections programs that reflect the County's desire for safety and cost effectiveness, which includes assessing successes and shortcomings.
The CJCC will actively work to ensure data-driven criminal justice improvements, including improvement of the local criminal justice system, maximizing available resources and protecting the safety of our citizens.
Who is a member of the CJCC?
Below is a list of voting and non-voting members of the CJCC.
- One District Court judge
- One Missoula County commissioner
- Missoula County Undersheriff
- Municipal Judge for the City of Missoula
- One Justice of the Peace for Missoula County
- A representative from the Office of the Public Defender
- A member of the Missoula City Council
- Chief of the Missoula Police Department
- Missoula County Detention Facility Commander
- A representative from the City Attorney’s Office
- A representative from the County Attorney’s Office
- Bureau Chief, Probation and Parole Division
- Mayor for the City of Missoula
- Indian Law Attorney
- Executive Director of the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
- Director of Missoula County Crime Victim Advocate Program
- Director of Housing and Community Development
- Executive Director of Partnership Health Center
- Clerk of District Court
- Native American liaison from the Missoula Urban Indian Health Center
- Executive Director of Missoula Correctional Services
- A representative from the local chapter of the ACLU Montana
What does this department do?
With the help of a grant from the MacArthur Foundation, Missoula County has been able to kick-start new and current criminal justice reforms. Early in 2019, the MacArthur grant paid for a facilitated Stress Test and a Sequential Intercept Mapping (SIM) exercise. The outcomes from these facilitated activities are a SIM report, map and strategies. Additionally, the CJCC Department has created a CJCC Strategic Plan that captures the MacArthur strategies and additional strategies to provide a clear path forward for the CJCC. The CJCC Strategic Plan will be updated on a biennial basis after the first year of council development.
The CJCC Department will provide support for the CJCC through committee-level work. We work to assist the CJCC in becoming a policy and advisory board that makes decisions based on relevant data and information.