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.
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:
- District Attorney
- County Attorney
- District Clerk
- Administrative Judge of the District Courts
- Administrative Judge of the Criminal Trial Division of the District Courts
- Judge of the Juvenile Division of the District Courts
- Presiding Judge of the County Criminal Courts
- Administrative Judge of the Statutory County Courts
- Presiding Judge of the 16 Justice of the Peace Courts
- Five (5) members of Commissioners Court
- Mayor of the City of Houston
- Representative of the Harris County Mayors' and Councils' Association
- Houston Police Department Chief of Police
- Chief Public Defender
- Director of the Community Supervision & Corrections Department
- Executive Director of the Juvenile Probation Department
- Director of Pretrial Services
- Criminal Defense Bar Representative
- Director, Harris Center
- Director, Harris Public Health Department
- 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
- Victim Rights (trauma-informed) Expert
- Immigration Expert
- University professor with extensive research experience in the field of criminal justice
- Director, Houston Sobering Center or other substance use treatment expert
- Member of a non-profit criminal justice research and policy organization
- Member of a non-profit, member based, community organization that does substantial work in the field of criminal justice
- Representative of the impacted community
- Constable to represent the 8 Constables
- Houston Health Department, Director