What is the Justice Center?
On December 3, 2006, the Council of State Governments Governing Board voted to transform the Eastern Regional Conference’s (CSG/ERC) criminal justice program into a national Justice Center. Over 10 years, CSG/ERC’s criminal justice program evolved from a regionally oriented initiative into a respected nonpartisan resource for leaders across the country. (See full Press Release)
The Governing Board’s conversion of the program into the national Justice Center positions it to serve all states to promote effective data-driven practices—particularly in areas in which the criminal justice system intersects with other disciplines, such as public health—to affect a particular public safety problem. The Justice Center will build on the solid foundation of work that program staff has conducted on criminal justice professionals’ responses to people with mental illnesses and crime victims, as well as on racial disparities, justice reinvestment, prisoner re-entry, and other complex justice-related issues.
The Justice Center’s board of directors includes state legislative leaders, judges, corrections administrators, juvenile justice agency directors, and law enforcement professionals; together, they represent a cross-section of the senior-level state officials who shape criminal justice policy. A charter group was assembled in the interim to help draft the organization’s bylaws and provide guidance on the Center’s priorities.
The Justice Center’s 25-person staff will continue to work closely with CSG's national Public Safety and Justice Group and its Justice Task Force, which facilitate multistate collaborative efforts, such as the Interstate Compact for Adult Offender Supervision and the Interstate Compact for Juveniles.
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