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Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Council (CJC) Announced

Jun 22, 2018
(Cleveland, Ohio) -- The stakeholders in the Cuyahoga County criminal justice system today established the Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Council (CJC), a collaboration agreement that looks to make a positive difference in the local criminal justice system by communicating, coordinating, planning and advocating for system improvements, programs, and polices in the interests of advancing justice, fairness and public safety.
Contact:  Ed Ferenc, Public Information Officer                                  
Cleveland Municipal Court
216 664 6787 / 216 789 2597
ference@cmcoh.org     www.cmcoh.org

(Cleveland, Ohio) -- On Thursday, June 21, 2018 the stakeholders in the Cuyahoga County criminal justice system established the Cuyahoga County Criminal Justice Council (CJC), a collaboration agreement that looks to make a positive difference in the local criminal justice system by communicating, coordinating, planning and advocating for system improvements, programs, and polices in the interests of advancing justice, fairness and public safety.

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Some of the key items are: bringing together key decision makers on a regular basis to openly discuss issues that affect the criminal justice system; to identifying problems and issues, and to proactively address those issues through planning, coordination, and cooperation; generate data that increases knowledge of the criminal justice system and strengthens decision-making; and initiating programs and policies which enhance the functionality of the criminal justice system and increase public safety.

Click here to read "Cuyahoga County Criminal Panel Will Consider Bail Reform, Other Changes to Justice System" from cleveland.com.

Several elected officials spoke at the press conference including County Executive Armond Budish, The Honorable John J. Russo, Administrative and Presiding Judge of the Common Pleas Court and The Honorable Michelle D. Earley, Administrative and Presiding Judge on the Cleveland Municipal Court.

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In her remarks, Judge Earley stated "This council provides us with the opportunity to view the justice system from many different sides and to collaborate to create system improvements that further the interest of the group which is the advancement of justice, fairness and public safety."

Beyond just the executive committee, another three dozen organizations are involved in the council membership and committees.

The first public meeting will be scheduled in October, but the CJC members will begin their discussions ahead of that event.
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