To improve and increase the public’s knowledge and perception of the Criminal Justice System.
Regularly invite members of public and private agencies/entities to board meetings to identify and share information, and to combine resources when appropriate.
Solicit topics of interest from Board Members and have guest speakers at CCJB meetings.
- Increase inter-agency communication and coordination.
- Explore the impact of social media on the criminal justice system.
- Promote positive activities/events/people working in the criminal justice system.
Explore the development of a 501 C 3 Victim Witness Foundation (or non-profit status) to enhance services to victims provided by the Victim Witness Programs located within the communities served by the board.
Develop a plan for fundraising for the Foundation.
- Work collaboratively with public/private organizations to secure resources for victims of domestic violence.
- Meet with the respective victim witness coordinators, RCC Staff, Juvenile Court Services Staff, and Commonwealth’s Attorneys to develop a mechanism to solicit victim response to the criminal justice system.
- Seek feedback from victims and evaluate victim responses on the responsiveness of the criminal justice system to their needs.
- Develop alternative means that better meet the needs of the victims
Provide up-to-date materials on services, resources, and information related to the criminal justice system.
Provide brochures on services, resources, etc. from the respective departments and
organizations on the CCJB webpage.
- Provide appropriate links to supporting sites on CCJB webpage.
- Host CCJB webpage/link on Hopewell and Surry websites.
Assist non-English or limited English speaking communities and assist with their involvement within the criminal justice system.
- Develop a list of bilingual individuals within our departments that can assist with non- English or limited English speaking offenders/defendants and/or victims, family members, etc.
- Utilize the Department of Judicial Services telephonic services for non-English or limited
- English speaking individuals.
- Develop the capacity to extend prevention, treatment and correctional alternatives as well as prevention messages into such communities.
Assist and advise the localities in identifying evidence based practices that are cost effective and cost efficient to provide an accessible and responsive judicial system that address the criminal justice issues/trends in our communities to ensure public safety.
Assist in the development of innovative crime prevention programs and public safety initiatives.
- Send letters to all civic and church organizations introducing RCCJB and offer to speak to at their organizations.
- Provide information on substance abuse, gangs, community crime prevention, etc.
- Implement preventative services within our schools and communities to create awareness.
- Identify and implement programs and criteria that would contribute to lower recidivism rates.
Review current practices within the criminal justice system for their effectiveness.
1. Review the fiscal impact of incarceration on our localities.
2. Review the rates of pretrial confinement and the impact on defendants.
3. Continue to identify and work on issues related to mental health/mental illness.
4. Monitor and evaluate the payment of restitution by criminal offenders and identify methods and mechanisms that enhance the payment of restitution.
Improve and expand the collection and dissemination of pertinent information within the criminal justice system to address and combat substance abuse and other issues in our communities that impact crime and recidivism rates.
Objective 3. A:
Provide training and utilize validated assessment tools for use in the criminal justice system.
Provide training and research on the VPRAI to the members of the judicial system.
- Provide training on the Lethality Assessment tool utilized by the James House.
- Continue support for CIT Training and trainers.
Objective 3.B: Identify issues impacting homelessness in our localities.
Objective 3.C: Identify issues impacting returning offenders/defendants from incarceration to our communities.
Objective 3. D.: Improve and expand the use of sentencing alternatives and other services.
Review plan before CCJB
Breakdown the objectives by identifying specific actions
Assign members to work on each goal