Accomplishments

Priority Planning For 2015

CJAB provides an opportunity for strategic planning across many groups involved in criminal justice decision-making. The heart of the process is an annual retreat, where the Board chooses priorities for the upcoming year.

In November of 2014, CJAB met and determined priorities for the upcoming year. These priorities are:

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The first four priorities are continuations of earlier priorities. Trauma-Informed Care is a new priority.

CJAB reviewed existing priorities during the CJAB’s Annual Strategic Planning Retreat in November 2014. The consensus is that the five priorities identified in 2013 (and earlier) are complex and broad in scope, and much work remains to be done in addressing them. To this end, each current priority was reviewed at the retreat, and purposes, goals, and activities were revised where necessary. Over the course of 2015, the Re-entry and Juvenile Crime Prevention Committees will each undertake a strategic planning process with the aid of a planning consultant.

An additional priority, Trauma-Informed Care, was discussed at the Retreat, and was added at the January 2015 CJAB meeting. This priority is centered on a refocusing of Probation Services and other criminal justice agencies around risk and needs assessment and trauma-informed care. In 2015, assuming a successful application, a comprehensive series of training events will be held. Work on the priority will proceed, however, regardless of the success of the application.

PROGRESS IN 2014

In December of 2013, the CJAB identified five priorities. Progress has been made in these areas in 2014 as follows:

CJAB Priority Committees

Gun & gang violence reduction – A committee is in place and a data analysis project is underway that will collate 25+ data points from over 800 cases over the last four years. These cases are violent crimes involving firearms. This project is about 40% complete to date. The goal of the project is to find commonalities between the people charged with these crimes, in order to identify the best way to approach the problem. Moving forward, this group will become a subcommittee of the larger Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee.

Juvenile crime prevention - In 2014, the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee inventoried services for at-risk juveniles available locally and began to look at evidence-based practices and programs used elsewhere. The group also conducted a push for volunteers to work with various Youth Aid Panels in the County, resulting in over 40 new volunteers!
Because their purposes have merged, in 2015, the Gun & Gang Violence Committee will become a subcommittee of the Juvenile Crime Prevention Committee. Subcommittees will also form to work on Community Education & Outreach, and to continue Data Collection. The CJAB feels that a priority with such a broad scope will be better approached in several ways at once.

Pretrial services – A committee was formed in the spring of 2014 to clarify goals and approaches. The committee identified two areas of activity. The first is a revised rule for bail bondsmen and exploration of creating a County Bail Agency. The second is an analysis of incarceration in cases when bail is not/cannot be met. Adjustments to how and when bail is issued may be necessary, depending on the results of the analysis. At the end of 2014, a new draft bail rule has been written and is under review by the Bench.
Problem-solving courts – These will remain an ongoing priority. The DUI Court currently graduates about 200 individuals a year, which is a fantastic improvement over its original capacity of about 50; however, demand in the community still remains. Further expansion of the treatment courts is currently limited by a lack of judicial resources, as the County’s Criminal Bench has been affected by several retirements and leaves of absences.

Grant Team - The 5th priority involved the creation of a Grant Team. This Team has become a standing CJAB Committee and is discussed below.

Standing CJAB Committees

Three standing Committees are always at work, supporting the forward momentum of the larger Board.

Grant Team – This team formed in 2013, has CJAB-approved protocols for operation, and continues to meet as needed. In 2014, the Grant Team worked toward the extension of a federal grant supporting drug testing in the DUI Court. The Team has also reviewed a number of funding opportunities and made recommendations on whether or not they should be pursued.

Planning Committee – In 2014, the Planning Committee drafted several important changes to the Board’s Bylaws. These changes brought our Bylaws into compliance with PCCD requirements and incorporated succession planning into the Board’s operation.

Evaluation Committee – The Evaluation Committee has continued to collect the data needed to conduct a cost-benefit analysis of the County’s DUI Court. A control group has been identified and tracking of data points has begun. The Evaluation Committee also created a DUI Fact Sheet to highlight CJAB’s successes in dealing with DUI cases.

TARGET 25

Two large CJAB subcommittees with strong judicial leadership have worked since 2011 to make a wide variety of changes to how DUI cases are processed in the county. One of the biggest changes is the Target 25 supervised bail program. In 2014, Target 25 was nationally recognized through a Peter K O’Rourke Special Achievement Award from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

With Target 25 in effect, people who are arrested for DUI, and have a prior DUI within the last 10 years, are placed on an alcohol-monitoring system as a condition of their bail.

The monitor helps to keep the wearer from drinking alcohol while on bail. “When an offender is staying sober, he or she is making better decisions and is more engaged in the outcome of their treatment,” notes Mike Stough, Deputy Chief of the Adult Probation Department.

In addition, procedural changes were made to greatly reduce the amount of time between arrest and final disposition , the time for law enforcement officers to make a DUI arrest and return to active patrol, and in the time required for BAC testing to be completed.

CJAB members have created a DUI Data Sheet to highlight the success of Target 25 and our other DUI-related programs. This Data Sheet is available by clicking here.