Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) is a forum through which elected and appointed executive-level policy makers in local jurisdictions convene to collaboratively address issued facing the criminal justice system and its constituent agencies. These committees use data guided and structured planning processes to identify, analyze, and solve or manage justice system issues such as jail crowding, resource reductions, case processing inefficiencies, sub-par outcomes, and client populations that pose a particular change such as those with a history of mental illness or substance abuse.

CJCCs are designated to be permanent, ongoing advisory boards that not only solve specific problems as they arise, but, more importantly, monitor the system’s functioning and manage its collective workload. The committee works on both adult criminal justice or juvenile justice issues.

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Adult Detention Initiative 

The Adult Detention Initiative (ADI) is committed to using best practice strategies system-wide to assess who needs to be in detention, to create alternatives for those who don't, and to reduce the length of detention while protecting public safety and remaining cognizant of the impact detention has on economically disadvantaged communities and communities of color. The Adult Detention Initiative’s goal is to work across all criminal justice agencies to foster a just, equitable, efficient, and effective criminal justice system. A system-wide group of executives from the varied departments work on reviewing policy, practices and procedures to improve client service delivery, reduce unnecessary system delays, and evaluate disparities and the use of objective measures at multiple intercepts.

ADI goals

  • Reducing bench warrants booked
  • Reduction in bookings for those failed to appear on summons
  • Expedite release of certain inmates
  • Development of Rule 6 assessment tool
  • Better understand STS as an alternative sanction
  • Expand (ADI) initiatives countywide

Pretrial Population Review Team

The Pretrial Population Review Team, comprised of a group of similar representatives from the varied departments work on issues impacting the overall jail population. Initiatives of the review team include; reviewing and modifying court orders to streamline business practices, court calendaring to expedite hearings, implementation of validated risk assessment tools to expedite release as appropriate, modifying pre-sentence investigation services in order to reduce return time to court, exploring the expansion of pretrial electric home monitoring, exploring teleconferencing for out of county holds and researching bail reform.

Review team goals

  • Court calendar changes
  • Implementation of SPI-R
  • Changes in CR Court Order to expedite certain cases
  • Modify Pre-Sentence Investigations services and return times
  • Develop best processes in relation to Probable Cause bookings
  • Utilization of pre-trial electric home monitoring
  • Explore tele-conferencing for out of county holds
  • Research bail reform

The Behavioral Health Initiative

BHI collaborative effort to improve coordination of behavioral health services across systems to ensure public safety, human services and public health are working together to leverage available resources, produce better outcomes and reduce costly and ineffective cycling of residents involved in the criminal justice process.

BHI goals

  • Expand local Restore to Competency options and apply process
  • Advance 1800 Chicago Behavioral Health Center
  • Review outcomes for Co-Responder
  • Complete the Return to Investment for Integrated Access Team (IAT)
  • Continue to explore forensic inpatient treatment services

Data-Driven Justice Initiative

To break the cycle of incarceration, Data-Driven Justice Initiative (DDJ) was launched nationally with 67 city, county, and state governments committed to using data-driven strategies to divert low-level offenders with mental illness out of the criminal justice system and change approaches to pre-trial incarceration. These innovative strategies, help stabilize individuals and families, better serve communities, and often save money in the process. The DDJ communities will implement the objectives below that have proven to be effective in reducing unnecessary incarceration in jails.

DDJ goals

  • Use data to identify and proactively break cycle of incarceration
  • Equip law enforcement and first responders with the tools they need to respond and divert
  • Use data-driven, validated, pre-trial risk assessment tools to inform pretrial release decisions

Opioid and Drug Crisis Research and Partnership

Partner with Hennepin County Opioid Advisory Committee to ensure all systems are effectively and efficiency developing best practices to ensure measurable and impacting outcomes. This includes to:

  • Reduce illegal distribution of and use of opioids
  • Develop best practices in investigating and prosecuting overdose related crimes
  • Develop diversion court for those charged with lower-level offenses
  • Review current probation practices
  • Increase treatment options and transition planning in correctional settings
  • Develop a plan for the feasibility and effectiveness of MAT/MOUD (Medication for Opioid Use Disorder
  • Expand transition from Jail to Community and Integrated Access Team
  • Establish standards to be used in law enforcement interventions

Opioid CJCC report goals

  • Provide in-depth research related to the line of business of Public Safety in order to address the opioid and drug crisis
  • Define the problem and inform the reader
  • Analyze the impact both nationally and locally
  • Offer an enhanced scope of knowledge related to innovated public safety practices producing beneficial outcomes

Public Safety Data Team

A group of public safety data / research managers and analysts that come together to discuss the continuous improvement of data collection, best practices in data collection, analysis and outcomes and how to publish and share data by enhancing integrations. This team includes representation from the Sheriff’s Office, County Attorney's Office, Fourth Judicial District Court, Department of Community Corrections and Rehabilitation, Hennepin Justice Integration Program and County Administration.

Public Safety Data Team goals

  • Create a full crime report
  • Establish comprehensive public safety data set
  • Create public safety dashboard
  • Convene to discuss best practices, data sharing and project work across the line of business of Public Safety
  • Formulate process for data request
  • Long term: Create a data warehouse for dataset

Committee members


  • Medaria Arradondo, Minneapolis Police Department, chief

Vice Chair

  • Marion Greene, Hennepin County, commissioner

Hennepin County

  • Michael Freeman, county attorney
  • Jeff Johnson, commissioner
  • Catherine Johnson, Community Corrections and Rehabilitation Department, director
  • Rich Stanek, Sheriff's Office, sheriff
  • Mark Thompson, assistant county administrator
  • Mary Moriarty, chief public defender

City of Minneapolis

  • Jacob Frey, City of Minneapolis, mayor
  • Lisa Bender, council member
  • Steve Fletcher, council member
  • Susan Segal, city attorney

Fourth Judicial District Court

  • Ivy Bernhardson, chief judge
  • David Piper, Presiding Juvenile Court Judge
  • Kerry Meyer, Criminal Court presiding judge
  • Sarah Lindahl-Pfieffer, judicial district administrator

Hennepin County suburbs

  • Rolf Sponheim, Suburban Prosecutors Association
  • Michael Risvold, Hennepin Police Chiefs Association
  • Gene Winstead, Bloomington mayor

CJCC staff


Meetings are held in C-2350 of the Hennepin County Government Center (map).

8 to 9:30 a.m.

Next meeting

Future meeting dates

  • May 25
  • July 26
  • September 27
  • November 29

Previous meetings

January 2018

November 2017

September 2017

July 2017

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