Committees and Projects


The Criminal Justice Commission currently provides staff support to a number of criminal justice 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 29-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 Bylaws and strategic priorities for the Commission and assist with meeting agenda development.  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 – Leo Smith and Tom Wine, Co-Chairs
    Reconvened in March 2009 as an ongoing forum for jail population management.  
    • 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 a grid of graduated sanctions.   
    • 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.   
    • MAT Planning Initiative – Charged with building out a comprehensive plan for initiating/expanding a MAT continuum of care model from jail to community for indivuduals with Opioid Use Disorder.
  • Justice Technology Committee – David Nicholson and Ingrid Geiser, Co-Chairs
    Established to monitor implementation of the Jail Population Management Dashboard and to provide input and oversight in the development of a data warehouse creating a single point of access to criminal justice data and reports.   

Domestic Violence Prevention Coordinating Council (DVPCC) – Amy Hess 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 – TBD and Nicole Carroll, Co-Chairs
    Created to serve as a forum for ongoing information sharing and problem-solving, to provide assistance with program research and development, and to prioritize and implement recommendations around advocacy in the Community Assessment.  
  • Fatality Review Committee – Judge Tara Hagerty 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 – TBD, Chair
      Established in November 2013 to develop a mechanism for incorporating family member input into the fatality review process. 
  • Community Assessment Steering Committee – Marcia Roth, Chair
    Convened to facilitate the prioritization and implementation of the recommendations provided in the Community Assessment Report.   
    • Law Enforcement Workgroup – TBD, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement the law enforcement recommendations in the Community Assessment Report.  
    • Courts Workgroup – TBD, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement the court-related recommendations in the Community Assessment Report.
    • Training, Public Awareness and Prevention Workgroup – DorisLee Gilbert, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement recommendations around training, public awareness and prevention in the Community Assessment Report.
    • Legislative and Firearms Workgroup – TBD, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement the legislative and firearms recommendations in the Community Assessment Report.
    • Data Collection Workgroup -  TBD, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement recommendations around data collection in the Community Assessment Report.
    • Batterers Intervention Workgroup – TBD, Chair
      Convened to prioritize and implement the batterers intervention recommendations in the Community Assessment Report.  

Elder Abuse Services Coordinating Committee – Paul Troy, Chair
Convened to provide a local forum for coordination, advocacy, and information sharing for agencies which provide services to elder abuse, neglected and/or exploited 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, community partners, and those impacted by the juvenile justice system. The JJAC  also  serves  as  the  steering  committee  for  the  Annie  E.  Casey  Foundation’s  Juvenile  Detention Alternative Initiative (JDAI) and the activities and recommendations of the JJAC are built upon validated, data-driven  criteria  and  objective  analysis  as  well  as  collaboration  among  stakeholders  and  consensus decision-making.

  • Data Subcommittee – Libby Mills, Chair
    Established to identify and collect data on the decision points of the juvenile justice system and the youth it serves. Creates processes for obtaining needed information and standardizing data collection  and  analysis  practices including the disaggregation of all data by race and ethnicity. Provides a forum for discussion of juvenile justice system data and a basis for recommendations for improvement.  
  •  Alternatives to Detention (ATD)/Case Processing Subcommittee – Chair, TBD
    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 examine data related to DJJ’s alternatives to detention as well as data related to case processing. Members will evaluate how ATD’s are being used by the court and consider possible solutions to reduce  lengths  of  stay in custody and to ensure that interventions with court-involved youth are timely and appropriate.  
  •  Education for Justice-Involved Youth Committee – Beth McMahon, Chair
    Established to examine the current educational outcomes for justice-involved youth by sharing information across agencies in education and juvenile justice and identifying and addressing the top education issues facing justice-involved youth. 

Opportunity Network – Patti Echsner, Chair  
Established as a sub-group of the Metro Criminal Justice Commission to improve the lives of youth and adults returning from incarceration by addressing policies and practices that create barriers to successful transition and reintegration into the community. This partnership between state and local representatives tackling the system as a whole to break down the silos impacting the lives of members of our community. 

  • Workforce and Education Committee – Jessie Halladay, Chair
    Established to address policy and practice barriers in workforce and education for people who are returning to the community. This committee also aims to change the narrative  around  the stigma of having a criminal background.  
  •  Workbook Workgroup
    Established to advise the development and implementation of a workbook for people who are returning to the community. The workbook will be undergoing an academic research study  to determine its effectiveness and will be piloted in county jails that house people with state charges.   

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  
  • Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Local Coordinator Group
  • Subcommittee for Equity and Justice for all Youth (SEJAY – Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice)
  • Black Male Achievement Roundtable (Metro United Way)
  • Group Violence Intervention Governance Committee

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 (NACO)
  • NACo Stepping Up Large/Urban Counties Network

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