About

Name, Authority, and Purpose

The Harris County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (hereinafter referred to as HCCJCC or Council) was created by Order of Harris County Commissioners Court dated July 14, 2009.

The Council works collectively to manage systemic challenges facing Harris County's criminal justice system and strengthen the overall well-being of our communities by developing and recommending policies and practices that improve public safety, promote fairness, equity and accountability, and reduce unnecessary incarceration and criminal justice involvement in Harris County.   The Council collects and evaluates local criminal justice data to identify systemic issues and facilitates collaboration between agencies, experts, and community service providers to improve Harris County's criminal justice system in accordance with best practices. 

Membership

All voting and non-voting members will approach the Council with a commitment to best practices in criminal justice, and a commitment to racial and gender equity.

Voting Members

The HCCJCC is composed of:

  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

Non-Voting Members

The HCCJCC  includes the following non-voting members:

  1. Houston Health Department, Director