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NCJ Number: 185406 Find in a Library
Title: Pulling Criminal Justice Practitioners Together
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:62  Issue:6  Dated:October 2000  Pages:92-131
Author(s): Kristina Gulick
Date Published: October 2000
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Palm Beach County (Fla.) Board of County Commissioners created a 33-member entity called the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) in 1988 to provide coordination and advice regarding law enforcement and crime prevention efforts in the county.
Abstract: The CJC has 21 public-sector members and 12 private-sector members who meet monthly to examine issues specified by a 13-member executive committee. The CJC operates through a committee process. The Corrections Task Force meets monthly to monitor the jail population; review programs, practices, policies, and laws related to corrections; and make recommendations to ensure the efficient use of beds. Topics it has examined include local criminal justice system policies and practices, the availability of alternative programs, court case processing time, and State laws and new legislation. The benefits of the shared decision making established by the CJC include progress through consensus, the development of relationships, the use of a forum with an established framework, and the analysis of issues from a system perspective. Palm Beach County’s experience suggests that it is in every jurisdiction’s best interest to create similar entities. Photograph
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Corrections management; Criminal justice coordinating committee; Criminal justice coordinating councils; Florida; Interagency cooperation
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