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Criminal Justice Coordinating Council


About the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The Ramsey County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) serves as a forum through which criminal justice, human service, community, and government organizations may by association, consultation, and study, cooperatively promote improvements in the criminal justice system that transcend various organizations and communities.

The CJCC is an advisory planning and problem-solving body that does not establish policy or oversee the operation of any of the justice partners. 

Goals

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has the following goals:

  • Enhance collaboration and communication among justice partners 
  • Engage community members
  • Promote fairness and equity  
  • Reduce harm
  • Foster public safety
  • Prevent crime and victimization 
  • Promote offender accountability and change
  • Reduce recidivism
  • Promote system effectiveness

History and Background

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council was formed during Ramsey County’s participation in the Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative, a national initiative of the United States Department of Justice and the National Institute of Corrections.

After a very competitive process, Ramsey County was selected by the United States Department of Justice as one of seven sites from across the country for the Evidence-Based Decision Making Initiative (EBDMI) in October 2010.  The EBDMI was modeled after the medical profession’s “The 100,000 Lives Campaign,” which prevented 175,000 accidental deaths by applying an evidence-based framework to hospital procedures.  

Sheriff Matt Bostrom was selected by his peers to chair Ramsey County’s inaugural Criminal Justice Coordinating Council.

Participating Organizations

Council Chair

Matt Bostrom
Ramsey County Sheriff


Mission

To create safer communities, Ramsey County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council will work collaboratively to employ evidence-based decision making practices across the criminal justice system to achieve more successful outcomes that are consistent with community values.


Vision

One less crime. One less victim. One less offender. A strategy for safer communities.


Values

  • Community
  • Collaboration 
  • Best Practices
  • Decision Making based on Data and Evidence
  • Accountability 
  • Communication