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The Criminal Justice Commission, chaired by Judge Tanisha Hickerson, 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 56 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

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 Tanisha Hickerson, Criminal Justice Commission Chair
  • Craig Greenberg, Mayor, Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government
  • Jackie Gwinn-Villaroel, Chief, Louisville Metro Police Department    
  • Jerry Collins, Chief, Louisville Metro Corrections Department
  • Paul Callanan, Director, Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods
  • Judge Ann Bailey Smith, Chief Judge, Jefferson Circuit Court
  • Judge Jessica Moore, Chief Judge, Jefferson District Court
  • Judge Christine Ward, Chief Judge, Jefferson Family Court
  • Gerina Whethers, 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
  • Kristen Miller, Executive Director, Louisville Bar Association
  • Councilman Jeff Hudson, Metro Council
  • Toni Rice, Director, Louisville Metro Youth Transitional Services
  • David L. Nicholson, Jefferson Circuit Court Clerk
  • Col. John Aubrey, Jefferson County Sheriff
  • McKay Chauvin, Jefferson Trial Courts Chief Court Administrator
  • Dr. Janikaa Sherrod, Director, Restorative Justice Louisville
  • Dave Pankotai, Chief Executive Officer, Seven Counties Services 
  • Ryan Nichols, President, River City Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614
  • Rodger Ledrick, President, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 77
  • Jay Davidson, Citizen Appointment, Substance Abuse
  • LaTonya McNeal, Citizen Appointment, Homelessness
  • Forrest Clay, Citizen Appointment, Victim Advocacy
  • Paul Johnson, Citizen Appointment, City at Large
  • JoAnn James, Citizen Appointment, City at Large     
  • Timothy Findley, 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
  • Michael E. Stansbury, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau Of Investigation

Commission 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.

Time:           2:00 p.m.
Location:     Crown Room, 6th Floor
                    Jefferson Judicial Center
                    700 West Jefferson Street
                    Louisville, KY 40202

In addition to the board, the Executive Committee and the Legislative Committee meet several times a year. The Executive Committee is made up of Board Co-Chairs and Board Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs and  convenes to review Commission projects and initiatives, and identify topics for Commission meeting agendas. The Legislative Committee was formed to assist Commission members in reviewing and making recommendations on legislative proposals for annual sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.

CJC Meeting Summaries







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