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Criminal Justice Council

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The Criminal Justice Council (CJC):

The Criminal Justice Council conducts research and issues reports on issues related to criminal justice in Delaware.

Annual Public Hearings

The Criminal Justice Council (CJC) holds public hearings to fulfill a requirement of its authorizing legislation. According to State of Delaware Code, Title 11, § 8707, “The Council shall hold public hearings annually in each county for the purpose of carrying out its duties…”

Read the summary of the CJC Public Hearings held in 2015:  2015 Public Hearings Report

Senate Joint Resolution 1:

Senate Joint Resolution 1 was signed by the Governor on June 30, 2015. This Joint Resolution requires every law enforcement agency, law department, hospital, testing facility, and prosecutorial agency to report to the Attorney General’s Office the number of unexamined sexual assault kits and their date of collection. The Criminal Justice Council will then prepare an aggregated report by January 11, 2016. The Resolution then requires the Criminal Justice Council to develop strategies which will improve the response from the medical and criminal justice communities to reports of sexual assault in the State.

Read the initial report:  Report of Sexual Assault Kits Pursuant to SJR1

Read the final report:  Final Report Senate Joint Resolution 1: Untested Rape Kits

The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Group:

The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Group was created by Executive Order 40 on June 7, 2013 to ensure the effective implementation of SB226, the Justice Reinvestment Act. As required by Executive order, the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Group is to submit an Annual Report

Read the latest report:  The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Group 2015 Annual Report

Read the the 2014 report:  The Justice Reinvestment Oversight Group 2014 Annual Report

The Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission:

The Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission, established by House Joint Resolution 2, was established to conduct a rapid, intensive, and comprehensive examination of public safety strategies in the City of Wilmington. The overall purposes of the Commission are:

  • To examine which public safety strategies work and which strategies do not—not only within the City of Wilmington, but regionally and nationally as well;
  • To better coordinate existing public safety strategies at the local, county, state, and federal levels; and
  • To recommend effective, data-driven public safety policies that could be implemented immediately to mitigate Wilmington’s unacceptably high rate of violent crime.
  • The Commission, through outside consultants, The Police Foundation and Vigilant Resources International (VRI), conducted an in-depth analysis of crime data in the City of Wilmington.

Read the final report, released March 31, 2015:  Final Report to the Wilmington Public Safety Strategies Commission

The Justice Reinvestment Task Force:

The Delaware Justice Reinvestment Task Force, established by an executive order from Governor Jack Markell on July 25, 2011, was charged with conducting a comprehensive examination of the state’s criminal justice system. The Vera Institute of Justice provided technical assistance to the task force to develop a statewide policy framework to reduce spending on incarceration and reinvest in strategies that reduce recidivism and enhance public safety.

To read the final report:  DJRTF Final Consensus Report

For more information on the Justice Reinvestment Task Force, please visit the page on the Lieutenant Governor’s website:  Justice Reinvestiment Task Force

The Statistical Analysis Center (SAC):

The Statistical Analysis Center provides the Governor, Legislature, and Criminal Justice Agencies with a capability for objective research analysis, and projections relating to criminal justice issues:  Crime, Corrections, Courts, Juvenile Justice, Justice.

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Not sure who to contact? Submit your request to:  CJC General Help Desk

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