CJCC’s 2020 Strategic Priorities and Associated Committees and Workgroups
Automated Information Sharing
CJCC works to improve the quality and availability of timely information and data by operating and maintaining the District’s integrated justice information system—JUSTIS, an electronic system through which local and federal criminal justice agencies in the District voluntarily share information with one another. JUSTIS is the Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS) for the District of Columbia. It was created with the intention of improving information-sharing among agencies, and throughout its lifespan has continued to be a success. JUSTIS is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and enables authorized agencies to contribute criminal justice information through an automated data feed. The information is made available to authorized viewing agencies through an information portal, as well as through a system-to-system exchange.
Four CJCC bodies govern decisions with respect to the operations and functionality of JUSTIS.
The Information Technology Advisory Committee (ITAC) is responsible for setting the technology direction of JUSTIS, making policy decisions, establishing long-range goals, and promoting the participation of appropriate agencies in emerging JUSTIS projects.
The Inter-Agency Workgroup (IWG) oversees the implementation of information-sharing initiatives approved by ITAC. It is also the forum for resolving issues related to existing information exchanges.
The Information Security Workgroup (ISW) is responsible for identifying industry-wide best practices and policies regarding information security and information exchange among JUSTIS agencies, and having reviewed them, making recommendations to ITAC.
The Inter-Agency Data Quality Workgroup (IDQ) aims to identify systemic issues associated with information quality within the criminal justice system and to recommend solutions for addressing them.
Research and Analysis
The purpose of the Interagency Research Advisory Council is to advise and support the CJCC’s Statistical Analysis Center (SAC) in its efforts to effectively collect and analyze data and address research, policy, and program evaluation questions of importance to the District’s criminal justice and juvenile justice system.
Combating Violent Crime
- Combating Violent Crime Committee
The purpose of this workgroup is to evaluate and enhance the District of Columbia’s strategic and systemic efforts to combat violent crimes, with a specific emphasis on gun crimes.
GunStat is a citywide effort, which began in 2008, to track gun cases as they progress through the criminal justice system while identifying trends, strengths and weaknesses of the process.
- Warrants Workgroup
Warrants are administrative documents issued by courts, authorizing police to search or arrest suspected criminals for violations of the law. The Warrants Workgroup (WWG) is a cross system body composed of the justice system partner agencies to address any warrant-related policy or operational issues.
Substance Abuse Treatment and Mental Health
The aim of this group is to improve (a) the treatment options and access to services for criminal justice-involved individuals with mental health issues, substance use problems, or co-occurring disorders, and (b) information sharing among criminal justice partners.
- New Psychoactive Substances Workgroup
Various committees work to improve interagency collaboration and information sharing, support data-driven decision-making, and support the successful reintegration of system-involved youth.
- Adult Reentry Steering Committee
This committee works to develop and support the implementation of a comprehensive, data- driven, District-wide three-year action plan for reentry that provides strategies for connecting returning citizens with housing, employment and education, and the supportive services necessary for successful reintegration.
- Grants Planning Committee
Works to improve the coordination of the District’s justice grant-related processes and procedures through strategic planning, technical assistance and training and interagency information sharing.