Criminal Justice Advisory Board


The mission of the York County Criminal Justice Advisory Board is to provide an ongoing forum for communications and collaboration among key decision makers for the purposes of planning and integrating information, and recommending action to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system in York County.

A message from Clerk of Courts Don O'Shell, CJAB Vice Chairman

In 2004, just after taking office as Clerk of Courts, I was introduced to the Criminal Justice Advisory Board or “CJAB” concept as initiated by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). At that point, York County’s CJAB was in the beginning stages and we experienced the “forming, storming, norming and performing” steps almost all small groups take on their path to organizational maturity. Since those early days we have truly been performing thanks to the leadership initially of now Senior Judge Penny Blackwell and outgoing acting chairman Judge John Kennedy and the active participation of York County’s criminal justice stakeholders.

This year promises to be no different. We continue to challenge the status quo as we strive to make improvements in York County’s criminal justice system with the consistent goal of increasing public safety. We’re tackling big topics including revamping pre-trial services and bail practices, juvenile delinquency and gang crime prevention, continued support of problem solving courts, and better supported inmate re-entry into our communities to deter a return to crime.

We’ve accomplished much in the past as this website details and I’m confident with the on-going partnerships and continued collaboration we will continue to make good things happen in York County!

Stay tuned, and please explore this website to learn more about the CJAB and its activities.