Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to Advance Social Justice
To ensure the fair administration of criminal justice, St. Louis and the 22nd Judicial Circuit are working to improve communication, collaboration, and planning. To this end, FUSE executive fellow Debbie Allen helped operationalize and institutionalize a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), as well as establish the foundation for an information sharing ecosystem. The council and its committees include elected and appointed officials, along with senior level stakeholders from criminal and juvenile justice agencies, government administration, and key cross-sector organizations. The council also strives to improve the operation of criminal justice systems through effective data collection, sharing, and analysis. Debbie is now serving as the interim executive director of the CJCC, where she is establishing personnel and operational frameworks. Other responsibilities include securing funding for CJCC initiatives, overseeing the development and launch of specific priorities, and ensuring the continued development of the information sharing ecosystem. The aim is to help St. Louis advance criminal justice reform, which includes improving outcomes for justice-involved individuals, reducing recidivism, and enhancing public safety.