Council begins to zero in on goalsThe Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is faced with a daunting task: change the quality of justice services in this county with a lack of funds to do it.
By: Jason Schulte, Pierce County Herald
The Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is faced with a daunting task: change the quality of justice services in this county with a lack of funds to do it.
One way it can be done, explained Chair Linda Flanders, is through building upon best practice and social science research.
Wednesday, the council held its monthly meeting to look further into that research and work toward developing its long range strategic plan.
The six goals the council is striving for, which were identified in previous meetings are (listed in order of importance):
--Understanding the legal requirements of each agency and communicate with one another in the most professional manner.
--Work together to best address the core issues driving alcohol and drug use within Pierce County and motivate the community toward healthy behavioral change.
--Promote the use of best practice strategies throughout all key decision-making points of contact within the criminal justice system.
--Offering support and assistance toward a decision on making the sheriff’s department and court facilities accessible, safe and secure.
--Building social capital through increased community outreach.
A public campaign explaining the mission of the CJCC, who sits on the council and what they need from the public was at the top of this list.
--Promoting the creation and adaption of multi-disciplinary training ideas for law enforcement, court personnel, probation, human services and advocates.
For more please read the Aug. 1 print version of the Herald.