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Criminal JusticeCoordinating Council2019-2021 ACTION PLANAdopted — November 2018

2 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021A Letter from Criminal Justice Coordinating CouncilDear El Paso County and Pikes Peak Region Citizens,El Paso County created the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council(CJCC) in 2017 to collaborate with our community partners to pursueinnovative and holistic programs and services to improve our criminaljustice system.The CJCC consists of passionate and dedicated criminal justiceprofessionals and citizens that have developed this Action Plan toguide improvements in the criminal justice system in the Pikes PeakRegion over the next three years.Darryl GlennIn an increasingly concerning criminal justice climate nationwide,it has become ever important that our criminal justice agencies,researchers, policy makers, and other stakeholders, are workingtogether to develop evidence-based practices and innovative solutions to addresschallenges within the criminal justice system and strengthen community trust.We have attempted to identify gaps in our criminal justice system and proposerecommendations to address service deficiencies with the hope that addressing theseconcerns will encourage collaboration and confidence in our local system.Jail overcrowding, pretrial services, behavioral and mental health, and workforceopportunities for individuals with a criminal history are some of the highlighted areas offocus for positive change within this Action Plan.As the CJCC and its Committees continue to grow and flourish, so will the relationshipsbetween agencies and citizens. We invite all citizens to join with us as we strive to achievethe objectives in the Action Plan that will lead to a more effective and equitable criminaljustice system in the Pikes Peak Region.Sincerely,Darryl GlennChair, Criminal Justice Coordinating CouncilPresident, Board of El Paso County Commissioners

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 3CJCC MissionThe Criminal Justice Coordinating Council of the Pikes Peak Region reviewscriminal justice matters and makes recommendations to the El Paso CountyBoard of Commissioners and criminal justice agencies to promote positivechanges that achieve and sustain a more effective and equitable criminaljustice system.CJCC ObjectivesA. Provide a forum for interagencycoordination on criminal justice matters.B. Research, analyze, evaluate, and developinnovative planning recommendationsregarding criminal justice matters.C. Oversee the collection of criminal justicedata for use by the Council, agencies, anddepartments.G. Evaluate and recommend crime preventionand early intervention programs that will helpreduce recidivism.H. Increase community understanding andsupport for the criminal justice system.I. Seek grants that will support theenhancement of the criminal justice system.D. Analyze past and current El Paso CountyCriminal Justice Center populations anddevelop recommendations to addresscapacity issues at the Criminal Justice Center.J. Support a holistic community approach tocriminal justice by involving law enforcement,judicial services, behavioral health, housing,employment, and other social services toaddress criminal justice needs.E. Identify gaps and deficiencies inthe criminal justice system and makerecommendations to address service gaps.K. Make recommendations on proposedlegislation that will impact the criminal justicesystem in our region.F. Make recommendations that will helpcontrol the costs of managing offenders.

4 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021CJCC Committee StructureThe Criminal Justice Coordinating Councilhas appointed five committees to focus onvarious areas within the criminal justicesystem.The Action Plan is organized by eachcommittee, listing objectives, evidencebased tasks and strategies, and timelines forachievement over the next three years tosupport and improve the Pikes Peak RegionCriminal Justice System.The Pretrial Services Community AdvisoryBoard serves to help reduce the use ofCounty Jail resources for defendants whereless restrictive alternatives are appropriate,and to seek efficiencies in operating a costeffective pretrial system that is safe, fair, andeffective, which maximizes public safety,court appearance, and the appropriate useof release, supervision, and detention.The Strategic Planning Committeecollects and analyzes past and currentcriminal justice system data, identifiesgaps and deficiencies in the criminal justicesystem, and makes recommendationsto address service gaps. The Committeealso researches, analyzes, evaluates, anddevelops innovative planning and strategyrecommendations regarding criminal justicematters.The Behavioral Health Committee strivesto bring together local service providers,agencies, and stakeholders to identifyongoing issues and gaps for peoplewith mental health and/or co-occuringsubstance use concerns within the criminaljustice system. The Committee is focusedon prevention, diversion, and reducingrecidivism.The Financial Resources Committeeserves to explore and/or pursue legislative,federal, state, local and third party fundingopportunities to support our criminal justicesystem.The Transition to Workforce Committeestrives to create workforce connections forPikes Peak Region residents with criminalconvictions who may have difficultyfinding employment. A healthier and safercommunity can be built by increasingeffective collaboration, planning, andinformation sharing, while promotingrestorative justice and focusing on offenderreconciliation with the community.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 52017-2018 AccomplishmentsPretrial Services Community AdvisoryBoard: Assisted with the implementation of thePretrial Services Program expansion. Monitored statewide committeesinvolved in Pretrial Service concerns,including detention and money-based bondissues. Initiated the development and planningof the Behavioral Health/Criminal JusticeSummit. Initiated the development of a firstresponder resource guide for behavioralhealth services.Financial Resources Committee: Researched grants awarded to otherStrategic Planning Committee:Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils. The Board of County Commissioners Explored and created a list of criminal(BoCC) approved the formation of thejustice funding opportunities.Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). Identified possible grant opportunities The BoCC appointed 24 members tofor potential Courthouse expansion.the CJCC based on a holistic communityapproach and includes representativesTransition to Workforce Committee:from law enforcement, judicial services, Held an Employer Breakfast in Februarybehavioral health, housing, employment,of 2018 to meet with employers and discussand other social services.challenges when working with those with a The BoCC approved funding for thecriminal background.hiring of a Criminal Justice Planner and to A follow-up Employer Association eventsignificantly expand the Pretrial Serviceswas held in September of 2018 that allowedProgram.the committee and employers to further The CJCC endorsed a feasibility studycollaborate and work on resolving barriersfor a Family Justice employment. The CJCC joined the National Networkof Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils.Behavioral Health Committee Regular meetings have provided aconsistent forum for exchange of systemsinformation, news, and updates, promotinga sense of unity and collaboration toward ashared mission between stakeholder groups. Serves as the Advisory Committee forBHCON (Behavioral Health Connect) grant,launching the co-responder program withthe El Paso County Sheriff’s Office and UCHealth.

6 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021ACTION Plan DevelopmentThis plan was developed through the collaboration of CJCC stakeholders and committeemembers to guide recommendations and support positive change in the local criminaljustice system.Achievements by each committee have been celebrated and next steps are being takento promote future success in determining and serving the greatest needs among thecitizens of the Pikes Peak Region and the criminal justice system.Objectives for this three-year plan were identified by stakeholders, committee members,and the public, who offered input and expressed interest in specific criminal justice issues tobe addressed within the region.A community meeting was held before the adoption of this Action Plan to garner citizenfeedback on the proposed objectives.Evidence-based practices for how to address these issues will be developed andimplemented throughout this plan in an effort to achieve and sustain more effective andefficient criminal justice system operations.Principal PR Bond Commissioner Audra Boileau receives a StaffAchievement Award, and is congratulated by Pretrial ServicesManager Dawn Montoya, El Paso County CommissionerLonginos Gonzalez Jr., and Deputy County AdministratorNicola Sapp, at the Community Services Department picnic inAugust of 2018.Alexis Harper, Ph.D., Criminal Justice Planner,greets citizens and CJCC members as theyarrive to the public open house to introducethe Action Plan in October of 2018.

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 7Pretrial Services Community Advisory BoardAction: Reduce the Jail Population Through Pretrial ServicesObjective: Identify diversion options for qualifiedindividuals from the Criminal Justice Center to help alleviate theaverage daily jail population while also addressing public safetyconcerns and court appearance rates.Tasks: Evaluate the jail population to inform PersonalRecognizance (PR) Bond recommendations and use of PR Bonds. Explore the use of a pretrial work release program withthe El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. Explore the implementation of administrative releaseauthority.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Align Pretrial Services operations with state standardsObjective: Update Pretrial Services Operational Proceduresbased on the Professional Standards suggested by the ColoradoAssociation of Pretrial Services (CAPS) and complete the CAPSProfessional Standards Review Process.Timeline: 2019Tasks: Utilize the CAPS Professional Standards guidelines,complete the self-review, and submit for an onsite review by CAPS.Action: Consider national standards for Pretrial ServicesObjective: Utilize the National Institute of Corrections“Measuring What Matters” for Pretrial Services.Tasks: The National Institute of Corrections has outlinedrecommended outcome and performance measures andcritical data needs for pretrial services programs to help enableagencies to more accurately gauge program effectiveness inmeeting goals. By utilizing these recommendations, the PikesPeak Region will have a better understanding of indicators ofsuccess in pretrial services and how to improve and increasesuccessful outcomes.Timeline: 2020Action: Improve pretrial supervision and case managementObjective: Examine the supervision and monitoringpractices to determine effective case management of PretrialService defendants.Tasks: Adapt additional practices to align with evidence-basedpretrial practices. Measure the level of agreement between the PretrialServices recommendation matrix and compliance withsupervised conditions. Track the length of time a defendant is on pretrialsupervision. Monitoring the length of stay of pretrialdefendants will help track costs as well as identify system levelissues such as court continuances that directly impact thelength of stay. Develop a means to survey pretrial defendants andstakeholders to help determine the value of pretrial supervision.Timeline: 2019-2021

8 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021Strategic Planning CommitteeAction: Monitor CJCC Action Plan ProgressObjective: Oversee the execution of the CJCC Action PlanTasks: Over the course of the three year Action Plan, theStrategic Planning Committee will assist the Council and othercommittees by tracking the status of committee objectives,providing feedback and resource suggestions, and contributeto the completion of CJCC objectives.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Explore Innovative Criminal Justice StrategiesObjective: Explore innovative criminal justice strategiesand best practices that may be applicable for implementationin the Pikes Peak region.Tasks: Research evidence-based practices found to be effectivein similar jurisdictions. Actively participate in the National Network of CriminalJustice Coordinating Councils including attending the NNCJCCannual conference and working with Denver County, who holdsa Network Membership, on developing initiatives. Research innovative practices designed to divert peoplefrom the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) and / or reduce daily CJCpopulation, such as self-surrender and safe-surrender programs.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Establish an Internship ProgramObjective: Establish a Criminal Justice Internship Program.Tasks: Develop the duties and responsibilities for designatedinternships. Inform local colleges and universities of the internshipopportunities appropriate for students. Complete the recruitment process for paid and / or nonpaid interns.Timeline: 2019

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 9Action: Explore Data Sharing OpportunitiesObjective: Explore data collection and sharingopportunities between CJCC stakeholders.Tasks: Determine the feasibility of developing an integrateddata system, what agencies would be involved, and howinformation can more readily be shared without compromisingsecurity. Collaborate with the Financial Resources Committee todetermine potential third party funding sources to support thedevelopment of the integrated data system.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Family Justice Center developmentObjective: Support the continued exploration of a FamilyJustice Center.Timeline: 2019Tasks: Complete a feasibility study to determine potentialpartners, facility needs, funding sources, and programopportunities.The Board of El Paso County Commissioners recognize the 35thannual National Night Out held in August of 2018. National NightOut is a positive, proactive opportunity for El Paso County to joinforces with thousands of other communities across the country inpromoting cooperative police-community crime prevention efforts.The Board of El Paso County Commissionersrecognize the dedication of the Peace OfficersMemorial in May of 2018, honoring officerskilled in the line of duty in El Paso and TellerCounties since 1895.

10 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021Behavioral Health CommitteeAction: Hold a Behavioral Health/Criminal Justice SummitObjective: Organize a Behavioral Health/Criminal JusticeSummit within the Pikes Peak Region to bring together localservice providers, agencies, and stakeholders to identifyongoing issues and gaps and propose solutions. It is importantfor various agencies to understand each other’s services andresponsibilities as a network is built to service communitymembers with behavioral and mental health and substance useconcerns.Tasks: Host a summit within El Paso County, bringing togethervarious criminal justice and behavioral health agencies/stakeholders and generate a report outlining the results of thesummit, knowledge gained, what the summit achieved, andnext steps. Extend invitations to agencies and stakeholders acrossthe Pikes Peak Region.Timeline: 2019Action: Expand Behavioral Health ServicesObjective: Explore the need for additional behavior healthservices and facilities in the Pikes Peak Region.Tasks: Identify existing services and gaps in services, anda plan for how to fill these gaps by creating systems-widecase management through the coordination of services foroffenders. These systems will be databases for informationalsharing and personal advocates. Develop a guide of supportive services (housing,transportation, food, medical care, Veteran’s affairs, etc.) andinformation on how to enroll, access, and consume or utilizethese services. Create an understanding of Medicaid benefits and otherpayer systems for incarcerated individuals. Evaluate and make recommendations regarding systemchallenges for individuals who cycle repeatedly through thecriminal justice system. Seek a Colorado Springs Health Foundation Grant tosupport a study of existing and essential behavioral healthresources within the Pikes Peak Region.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Utilize Jail Diversion OpportunitiesObjective: Enhance the diversion of defendants withbehavioral and mental health concerns from jail.Tasks: Serve as the Steering Committee for the El Paso CountySheriff’s Office co-responder patrol unit, the Behavioral HealthConnect Unit (BHCON). Pairing Sheriff’s Deputies with licensedbehavioral health clinicians, the goal of the BHCON unit is toprevent unnecessary incarceration and/or hospitalization ofindividuals with mental health concerns by providing crisisintervention and linking clients to community programs thatcan support and sustain their mental health stability. Develop a resource guide for law enforcement to usewhen interacting with the community and offenders as a meansfor referring the public to various services. Actively participate in the Stepping Up Initiative, anational initiative to reduce the number of people with mentalillness in jails. Work to complete the county self-assessment onimplementation progress 2019-2021

Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 11Financial Resources CommitteeAction: Research and Support CJCC ActionsObjective: Identify potential grant and fundingopportunities for the CJCC Committees based on specificcommittee objective funding needs.Tasks: Develop a list of potential funders and grants thatwould promote the achievement of the other CJCC committees’objectives. This would include: Work with the committees to establish reasonabletimelines for the research, application, and award of funds fortheir objectives. Utilize El Paso County’s memberships in the NationalNetwork of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils andthe National Association of Counties as potential fundingopportunities arise. Develop proposal templates.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Research and Support Resources for Community Criminal Justice ProjectsObjective: Explore criminal justice funding opportunitiesthat can be utilized for a variety of projects, along with effectiveways to share information with stakeholders in a timely manner.Tasks: Develop a list of potential funders and grants that wouldbenefit criminal justice oriented projects in the region to beshared on the county’s website. Create a distribution list of individuals interested incriminal justice grant opportunities. Pursue additional funding for residential communitycorrections and auxiliary services.Timeline: 2019-2021Action: Integrated Data SystemObjective: Help determine the potential funding sourcesfor developing an integrated data system among criminaljustice agencies in the Pikes Peak Region.Tasks: Use the feasibility study designed by the StrategicPlanning Committee to seek funding for implementing anintegrated data system.Timeline: 2019-2021

12 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021Transition to Workforce CommitteeAction: Build an Employer AssociationObjective: Further expansion of the Employer Association.Tasks: Develop a network of employers willing to participatein information gathering events about barriers to employingex-offenders, and develop means for addressing these concernsto increase the hiring and employment of individuals with acriminal record. Release regular news updates to Employer Associationmembers highlighting employers of interest and otherimportant and educational information subscribers may findhelpful.Timeline: Expand the network of emp

4 Criminal Justice Coordinating Council action Plan 2019-2021 CJCC Committee Structure The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council has appointed five committees to focus on various areas within the criminal justice system. The Action Plan is organized by each committee, listing objectives, evidence-based tasks and strategies, and timelines for

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