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CJCC STATEMENT OF PRINCIPLES

The Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is the vehicle for criminal justice stakeholders to convene, collaborate, share ideas and solve problems.
All CJCC members are committed to the fair, effective and efficient delivery of justice for all.
The bedrock principle of the justice system is respect – respect for public servants who work in the system, respect for jurors, witnesses, victims, the accused and respect for the challenges, stress and trauma faced by those interacting with the system.
We also carry forward with respect for the taxpayers whose labor funds the justice system and any improvements we champion.

CJCC History

The CJCC was created by the Harris County Commissioners Court in July 2009 as the focal point for efforts to improve the criminal justice system and seek reductions in the jail population. The Council is responsible for policy development and oversight of improvement initiatives for the criminal justice system.
Members include the following elected and appointed officials and appointees:

  1. District Attorney
  2. County Attorney
  3. Sheriff
  4. District Clerk
  5. Administrative Judge of the District Courts
  6. Administrative Judge of the Criminal Trial Division of the District Courts
  7. Judge of the Juvenile Division of the District Courts
  8. Presiding Judge of the County Criminal Courts
  9. Administrative Judge of the Statutory County Courts
  10. Presiding Judge of the 16 Justice of the Peace Courts
  11. Five (5) members of Commissioners Court
  12. Mayor of the City of Houston
  13. Representative of the Harris County Mayors' and Councils' Association
  14. Houston Police Department Chief of Police
  15. Chief Public Defender
  16. Director of the Community Supervision & Corrections Department
  17. Executive Director of the Juvenile Probation Department
  18. Director of Pretrial Services
  19. Criminal Defense Bar Representative
  20. Director, Harris Center
  21. Director, Harris Public Health Department
  22. Director of Department of Community Services, or an appointee, as determined by the Director of Community Services, from the Coalition for the Homeless, or other community services entity
  23. Victim Rights (trauma-informed) Expert
  24. Immigration Expert
  25. University professor with extensive research experience in the field of criminal justice
  26. Director, Houston Sobering Center or other substance use treatment expert
  27. Member of a non-profit criminal justice research and policy organization
  28. Member of a non-profit, member based, community organization that does substantial work in the field of criminal justice
  29. Representative of the impacted community
  30. Constable to represent the 8 Constables
  31. Houston Health Department, Director