State Engagement With Local Justice: Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils


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Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs), which bring together stakeholders to explore and respond to issues in the criminal justice system, are among the ways legislatures can engage with local governments to produce criminal justice reform.

Many CJCCs use data and structured planning to address issues in the justice system. These councils are intended to be permanent, rather than to address a problem or set of problems within a set time frame. Successful CJCCs need buy-ins from the key members of the justice system and those in positions of authority.

NCSL conducted interviews with four individuals engaged with their local CJCCs. Click on the links to read the interviews and learn more about CJCCs.

  • South Carolina: Interview with Mitch Lucas, assistant sheriff, Charleston County.
  • Oregon: Interview with Abbey Stamp, executive director, Multnomah County Local Public Safety Coordinating Council.
  • Wisconsin: Interview with Tiana Glenna, criminal justice manager, Office of the County Administrator, Eau Claire, Wis.
  • Kansas: Interview with Alexander Holsinger, criminal justice coordinator, Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Johnson County, Kansas.


NCSL report State Legislators: Who They Are And How to Work with Them: A Guide for Criminal Justice Stakeholders