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18May2020

SEARCH Plays Key Role in City of St. Louis’ Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

By SEARCH

CJCC 101

Purpose: To ensure the fair administration of criminal and juvenile justice by increasing effective communication, collaboration and planning; and, to improve the criminal and juvenile systems’ operation through effective data collection, sharing and analysis crosscutting the local criminal and public health systems.

Composition: Elected and appointed officials, along with senior-level stakeholders from criminal and juvenile justice agencies, government administration and key cross-sector organizations like public health, human services, transportation and housing.

On May 14, the City of St. Louis, Missouri, announced that it formalized its Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) this week when Mayor Lyda Krewson executed an Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement on behalf of the City of St. Louis, including all its essential justice agencies.

The St. Louis CJCC, the first of its kind in Missouri and the region, will be only the third in the country to develop data exchanges to cross-collaborate between criminal justice organizations and the public health sector.

Other participating agencies in the CJCC and parties to the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement include the Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit Court, the Sheriff, the Circuit Attorney, the Missouri State Public Defender, and the Missouri Department of Corrections.

SEARCH has contracted with the City to develop analytics capabilities and solutions for Council.

SEARCH is playing a pivotal role in the work of the CJCC by developing information sharing and business analytics capabilities for key criminal justice system operations in the City. Not unlike the criminal justice systems in other jurisdictions, data is stored in many different computers systems each with a specialized purpose. One of the goals of the CJCC is to integrate data from these systems to provide justice system practitioners a holistic view of justice system operations. This will improve the administration of justice both as it affect individuals involved in the justice process and the overall efficiency of the justice system as a whole.
—Mark Perbix, Director, SEARCH Information Sharing Program

“We’ve ushered in impressive changes over the past year and half through the CJCC’s hard working committees and working groups. It is our shared vision to implement policies and practices that improve the whole local criminal justice system, and to utilize resources, treatments and services that meet the needs of the population we serve,” said Debbie J. Allen, Interim Executive Director of the CJCC and Executive Adviser to the Mayor.

“Execution of the Intergovernmental Cooperative Agreement and adoption of Bylaws holds the CJCC accountable for utilizing taxpayer dollars properly, complying with legal boundaries, and innovating to make a real difference for the community.”

She added: “We’ve had tremendous support from our local, state and national partners in this process, including the Missouri State Highway Patrol, which is responsible for ensuring proper handling of criminal justice information in the State of Missouri.”

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