Committees and Projects




The Criminal Justice Commission currently provides staff support to a number of criminal justice and public safety committees and projects, as outlined below:


Criminal Justice Commission Board – Judge David Bowles, Chair; D. Scott Furkin, Vice-Chair

The Criminal Justice Commission is responsible for criminal justice planning, research, and system-wide coordination and collaboration. The 27-member Commission Board is comprised of key local, state, and federal criminal justice and public safety representatives and Metro Government officials as well as local residents representing the community.

Executive Committee 

Established to develop strategic priorities for the Commission and assist with meeting agendadevelopment.  Members consist of Board Co-Chairs and Board Committee Chairs/Co-Chairs. 

Legislative Committee – Scott Furkin, Chair

Formed to assist Commission members in reviewing and making recommendations on legislative proposals for annual sessions of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Jail Policy Committee – Dan Goyette and Tom Wine, Co-Chairs

Reconvened in March 2009 as an ongoing forum for jail population management. 

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Home Incarceration Work Group – Charged with conducting a review of the Home Incarceration Program and developing recommendations for levels of supervision based upon participant risk assessment scores along with grid of graduated sanctions.  

Competency Evaluation Work Group – Convened to review and make recommendations related to video reporting of physician findings in court-ordered competency evaluations.

Felony Case Processing Work Group – Convened to review felony case processing data and  conduct a system "self-diagnosis" in an attempt to better understand what factors are influencing felony case processing trends. 

Dual Diagnosis Cross-Functional Team (DDCFT) – Kim Allen and Tom Walton, Co-Chairs

Convened in January 2013 by the Mayor to address the impact of individuals with co-occurring mental health and substance abuse disorders on community service providers and to identify opportunities for system improvement.

LEAD Advisory Council (LAC) – Debora McGill, Chair

Composed of stakeholders and other justice partners who made the site visit to Seattle in November 2015 and who have been actively engaged in designing a local adaptation of the Seattle Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD) model. The LAC will develop an action plan that includes eligibility and exclusionary criteria; diversion and operational protocols; and developing a long-term sustainability plan.

Citizens Commission on Police Accountability – Jim Burch, Chair

Created by local ordinance to review police investigations in all police shooting cases and incidents involving loss of life due to police action.

Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (DVPCC) – Chief Steve Conrad and Ellie Kerstetter, Co-Chairs

The Council was established by local ordinance and charged with improving interagency cooperation and communication in the area of domestic violence; promoting effective prevention, intervention, and treatment techniques; and improving the system response to domestic violence and abuse. 

Interagency Committee – Kathy Paulin and Ingrid Geiser, Co-Chairs

Created to serve as a forum for ongoing information sharing and problem-solving, and to provide assistance with program research and development. 

Fatality Review Committee – Kim Allen and Judge Jerry Bowles, Co-Chairs

Established to identify areas and opportunities for enhancing coordinated agency and community responses to domestic violence.  The Committee utilizes a systems-review approach in conducting multidisciplinary and multi-agency examinations of domestic violence fatalities. 

Family Input Review Task Group – Jamie Allen, Chair

Established in November 2013 to develop a mechanism for including family member input into the fatality review process.

Elder Abuse Services Coordinating Committee – Paul Troy, Chair

Convened to provide a forum to help identify and coordinate the roles and services of local agencies which provide services to elder abuse, neglected and/or exploited victims.  The committee also seeks to promote quality services and protections for elder victims.

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee (JJAC) – Chris Brown and Beth McMahon, Co-Chairs

Established to provide a neutral forum for juvenile justice policy reform and promote collaboration among stakeholders and consensus decision-making. Members include local and state juvenile justice leaders, government officials, and community partners. The JJAC seeks to develop evidence-based and data-driven programs, strategies and recommendations that are consistent with the Kentucky Revised Statutes, core requirements of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDP), core strategies of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI), and the reduction of Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) throughout the juvenile justice system.

Data Subcommittee – Libby Mills, Chair

Formed to identify data points needed to deepen understanding of the local juvenile justice system; create processes for obtaining needed information; and standardize data collection and analysis practices including the disaggregation of all data by race and ethnicity.  The Data Subcommittee will also work to establish a process for ongoing data collection and data sharing across agencies.            

Alternatives to Detention (ATD)/Case Processing Subcommittee – Carla Kirby, Chair

Established to examine the current use of ATDs and determine the need for new ATDs based on data analysis and evidenced-based practices. This subcommittee will also examine current data related to case processing and evaluate possible solutions to reduce lengths of stay in custody to reduce time in detention for youth who are awaiting placement, and ensure that interventions with court-involved youth are timely and appropriate.

JJFIP Grant Oversight Committee – Chair(s), TBD

Recently created to oversee implementation of a pilot providing case management services to post-adjudicated youth who are not under the supervision of the Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice.


One LOVE Louisville, Substance Abuse Work Group – Patty Gregory and Ken Wright, Co-Chairs

Established to focus on strategies to promote comprehensive and effective substance abuse prevention outcomes for the community and raise public awareness on prevention and treatment programs, including those addressing  youth substance abuse and overdose intervention strategies. 


The Criminal Justice Commission staff also participates on a number of local and national criminal justice, juvenile justice, and technology-related committees and projects, as outlined below:

Local Committees:

Metro Performance Partners

Metro OPI Data Governance Committee

Kentucky Healthy Reentry Coalition

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Local Coordinator Group

Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for all Youth (SEJAY – Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice)

Restorative Justice Louisville Program Advisory Committee

SafeStat (Louisville Safe City) Cross-Functional Team

Planning Committee, Chief Justice’s Initiative on Community Listening Sessions, Racial Fairness Commission

Black Male Achievement Initiative (Metro United Way)

Metro Street Task Force


National Innovation Projects:

National Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Network (Justice Management Institute)

Research Network for Misdemeanor Justice (John Jay College of Criminal Justice)

Data-Driven Justice Initiative (Laura and John Arnold Foundation)

NACo Stepping Up Large/Urban Counties Network

2018 SAMHSA Best Practices Implementation Academy


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