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Goals and Objectives
 

 Criminal Justice Advisory Board Goals and Objectives

 
  • Develop evidence based approaches including the Stepping Up initiative that respond to the prevention, intervention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
    • 1. Develop and implement the use of Medicated Assisted Treatment (MAT) as an approach in the treatment of drug addiction.
    • 2. Expand the acceptance and usage of Naloxone as a county wide approach in the prevention of opioid deaths.
    • 3. Establish a 24/7 support for families during and following overdose emergency room hospital admissions
    • 4. Determine success of Mental Health Diversion Program and need for expansion.
    • 5. Explore alternative strategies and approaches for incarcerated individuals that suffer from MI.
    • 6. Advance the six program objectives of the Stepping Up Initiative.
  • Development of a system-wide, evidence-based approach to sentencing, supervision and treatment
    • 1. Develop appropriate sanctions and strategies based on validated risk-needs assessments
    • 2. Expand and improve inmate’s access to Medical assistance in preparation for release from Berks County Jail.
  • Development of a systemic approach to reduce/respond to violent crime and drug-related crime.
    • 1. Develop cognitive and behavioral based programs/curriculum for incarcerated adults and juvenile offenders
    • 2. Develop county-wide targeted enforcement programs to target high crime areas and violent offenders.
    • 3. Implement data sharing initiatives to assist in the identification and enumeration of violent criminals, crime trends, and crime mapping.
  • Increase juvenile programming in the areas of youth violence and truancy
    • 1. Increase CJAB awareness of ongoing initiatives to promote and support.
  • Support the implementation and enhancement of criminal justice technology initiatives
    • 1. Elimination of duplicate data entry
    • 2. Implement communication technology that can increase business efficiency and collaboration between criminal justice agencies
    • 3. Increased information security or information governance
    • 4. Data sharing initiatives to facilitate greater information access to criminal justice agencies as well as support agencies
    • 5. Leverage the use of GIS and Land Records information to deploy human resources for APO, JPO, Law Enforcement
    • 6. Explore the development of increasing technology in the courts and courtrooms
    • 7. Develop a Countywide plan for police operated body cameras.
  • To reduce recidivism and jail overcrowding and increase public safety through the use of cost effective and efficient reentry initiatives.
    • 1. Utilize action steps outlined in the Reentry Strategic Plan to ensure that both short term and long range goals are prioritized.
    • 2. Ensure the use of evidence-based practices and interventions (as outlined in the Reentry Charter) across all departments and service providers.
    • 3. Investigate bail reform options.