CJCCs can produce many benefits, including better understanding of crime and criminal justice problems, greater cooperation among agencies and units of government, clearer objectives and priorities, more effective resoure allocation and better quality criminal justice programs and personnel. Taken together, these results can increase public confidence in and support for criminal justice processes, enhancing system performance and, ultimately, the integrity of the law. Improved planning and coordination help individual justice agencies become more efficient, productive, and effective. Such improvements also help officials of general government evaluate and make decisions about the justice system and its cost and performance. Many local governments also are finding that comprehensive systemwide planning (interagency and cross-jurisdictional) helps to streamline the entire local system of justice, eliminating duplication, filling service gaps, and generally improving the quality of service while controlling costs.
Excerpt from Robert Cushman's 2002 Guidelines for Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, published by the National Institute of Corrections.
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