About the Commission
The Criminal Justice Commission is responsible for criminal justice and public safety planning, research, and system-wide coordination and collaboration. The 29-member Commission Board is comprised of key local, state, and federal criminal justice and public safety representatives, metro government officials, as well as citizens representing the community. Established in December 1967, the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission has been in continuous operation for more than 52 years, making it one of the oldest criminal justice planning agencies in the country. Previously known as the "Crime Commission", its name was changed in April 2003 to the Criminal Justice Commission to better reflect its expanded comprehensive mission which focuses on not only criminal justice matters, but public safety issues as well. The benefits of effective planning are numerous and include improvements in coordination and cooperation; a multidisciplinary analysis of criminal justice and public safety issues, programs, and services; and an evaluation of the overall quality of justice. In addition, comprehensive planning provides more effective allocation of resources, the establishment of clear goals, objectives, and priorities, and ultimately results in enhanced service and increased public confidence in the system. Through its planning and coordination role, the Commission Board and staff attempt to support the local system's ability to administer justice and public safety in a cost-effective, equitable, and efficient manner. Most importantly, the Commission has provided the community with an impartial forum for discussing pressing issues, most of which require a systemic and coordinated approach to effect change. Coordinated approaches cannot occur without this neutral forum that allows agencies to work together to create solutions. These solutions are formulated into policy decisions that complement the systemic efforts of the whole.
The mission of the Criminal Justice Commission is to improve the administration of justice and promote public safety through planning, research, education, and system-wide coordination of criminal justice and public safety initiatives.
- Collect and analyze data and publish reports on the incidence and nature of crime as well as its overall impact on the criminal justice system workload
- Generate recommendations for improvements in criminal justice system operations to promote efficiencies
- Educate the public and engage community residents on issues and challenges facing the criminal justice system
- Provide assistance in criminal justice program development and, when possible, secure and administer state or federal funds for specific projects
To view the 2021 Legislative Committee Recommendations please click here.
To view the 2020 MCJC Annual Report please click here.
COMMISSION BOARD MEMBERSHIP
The Commission Board serves in an advisory capacity for the local criminal justice system. It is the goal of the Commission Board to promote consensus-based decision making and encourage the development of effective and cost-efficient criminal justice policies and practices. The Commission generates recommendations and takes positions to advance systemic and balanced solutions to criminal justice issues. The Criminal Justice Commission Board is comprised of 29 members including:
Judge David Bowles, Criminal Justice Commission Chair
Greg Fischer, Mayor, Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
Erika Shields, Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department
Dwayne Clark, Director, Louisville Metro Corrections Department
Monique Williams, Director, Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
Judge Angela Bisig, Chief Judge, Jefferson Circuit Court
Judge Annette Karem, Chief Judge, Jefferson District Court
Judge Denise Brown, Chief Judge, Jefferson Family Court
Thomas Wine, Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney
Mike O’Connell, Jefferson County Attorney
Dan Fountain, Director, Kentucky Probation and Parole
Angela Darcy, Director, Office of Pre-Trial Services For Jefferson County
Leo Smith, Director, Louisville/Jefferson County Public Defender Corporation
D. Scott Furkin, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
David James, President, Metro Council
Endora Davis, Director, Louisville Metro Youth Detention Services
David L. Nicholson, Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk
Col. John Aubrey, Jefferson County Sheriff
Kelsey Doren, Jefferson Trial Courts Chief Court Administrator
Libby Mills, Director, Restorative Justice Louisville
Abby Drane, Chief Executive Officer, Seven Counties Services
Ryan Nichols, President, River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614
Daniel Johnson, President, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77
Doug Scott, Citizen Appointment, Substance Abuse
George Eklund, Citizen Appointment, Homelessness
Dr. Deonte Hollowell, Citizen Appointment, Victim Advocacy
Yolanda Moore, Citizen Appointment, City at Large
Joan "Toni" Stringer, Citizen Appointment, City at Large
Donald Vish, Citizen Appointment, City at Large
R. Shawn Morrow, Special Agent in Charge, Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
J. Todd Scott, Special Agent in Charge, Drug Enforcement Administration
James "Robert" Brown, Jr., Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau Of Investigation
2021 BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE
The Criminal Justice Commission meets at least six times a year and provides a forum in which components of the criminal justice system can improve the analysis of system issues and develop systemic and balanced solutions across agencies. Each year, the Executive Committee convenes to review Commission projects and initiatives, and identify topics for Commission meeting agendas. Members of the Executive Committee consist of Board Co-Chairs and Board Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs.
For the 2021 Criminal Justice Commission Board meeting dates click here.
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Crown Room, 6th Floor
Jefferson Judicial Center
700 West Jefferson Street
Louisville, KY 40202
CJC Meeting Summaries