Our History


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    Established in December 1967, the Louisville Metro Criminal Justice Commission has been in continuous operation for more than 40 years, making it one of the oldest criminal justice planning agencies in the country.  Previously known as the "Crime Commission", its name was changed in April 2003 to the Criminal Justice Commission to better reflect its expanded comprehensive mission which focuses on not only criminal justice matters, but public safety and Homeland Security issues as well.

    The Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) is responsible for criminal justice, public safety, and Homeland Security planning, research, and system-wide coordination and collaboration. The Commission is comprised of a 27-member Board of key local, State, and federal criminal justice and public safety representatives, Metro government officials, citizens representing the Community, and a five-member staff. The CJC staff provide a variety of support services to a myriad of criminal justice and public safety committees and projects. Staff are also members of a number of local, state, and federal committees and groups. A list of committees and projects supported by or served on by CJC staff is detailed under the page entitled Committees and Projects.

    The benefits of effective planning are numerous and include improvements in coordination and cooperation; a multidisciplinary analysis of criminal justice and public safety issues, programs, and services; and an evaluation of the overall quality of justice. In addition, comprehensive planning provides more effective allocation of resources, the establishment of clear goals, objectives, and priorities, and ultimately results in enhanced service and increased public confidence in the system. 

    Through its planning and coordination role, the Commission Board and staff attempt to support the local system's ability to administer justice and public safety in a cost-effective, equitable, and efficient manner. Most importantly, the Commission has provided the community with an impartial forum for discussing pressing issues, most of which require a systemic and coordinated approach to effect change.

    Coordinated approaches cannot occur without this neutral forum that allows agencies to work together to create solutions.  These solutions are formulated into policy decisions that complement the systemic efforts of the whole.