Preface and Acknowledgements

This microsite is a guide in digital format that was updated to assist communities interested in implementing, re-establishing, or reinvigorating an existing Criminal Justice Council (CJCC), some of which are being served by technical assistance programs funded by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC). This microsite establishes the foundation for developing a CJCC that will produce system improvements leading to better public safety.

Many people and organizations contributed ideas and materials to this guide, including Tammy Woodhams, National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) Director of Programs and Grant Training, and Allison Badger, NCJA Program Director and NCJA’s CJCC Advisory Group (See Below). In addition, many other colleagues, staff, and past and present CJCC members have contributed ideas found in these pages.

Katie Green, Correctional Program Specialist, with the NIC Community Services Division, was an initiator, contributor, and advisor of this work. She is the NIC project manager and contact person for this initiative.


NCJA’s CJCC Advisory Group

Name Position Organization
Debbie Allen Executive Adviser/FUSE Fellow St. Louis (MO) Mayor’s Office
Jessica Beach Community Justice Director Yamhill County Department of Community Justice
Nelson Bunn Executive Director National District Attorneys Association
Mannone Butler Executive Director District of Columbia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
Ian Davidson Justice Reinvestment Manager Oregon Criminal Justice Commission
Mary Kay Hudson Executive Director Indiana Office of Court Services
Constance Kostelac Director Bureau of Justice Information and Analysis, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Law Enforcement Services
Holly Matthews Executive Director Toledo-Lucas County CJCC
Devon McDonald Executive Director Indiana Criminal Justice Institute
David Olson Professor and Graduate Program Director Loyola University’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice
Lori Pesci Deputy Director County of Summit, (OH) Division of Public Safety
Mandy Potapenko Director Milwaukee Community Justice Council
Jim Sawyer Executive Director National Association of Pretrial Services Agencies
Michael Schmidt Executive Director Oregon National Criminal Justice Commission
Jackie Weaknecht Program Manager Pennsylvania Council on Crime and Delinquency, Office of Criminal Justice System Improvements