Reporting & tracking
As CCJJ is the coordinating body for policy and legislation that impacts issues of criminal and juvenile justice throughout the state, it is common for a work group to convene to address a particular issue. In addition to these work groups, CCJJ works closely with many legislative committees and task forces, including but not limited to the:
- Judiciary Interim Committee
- Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee
- Criminal Code Evaluation Task Force
- Senate Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Confirmation Committee, and
- Executive Offices and Criminal Justice Appropriations Subcommittee
As a key collaborator regarding criminal justice policy and legislation, CCJJ’s purpose is to provide evidence-based, data-driven, and research-informed guidance on key criminal justice bills that arise each year during Utah’s legislative session.
Another key function of CCJJ is to provide annual reports on legislative reform affecting Utah’s criminal justice system. A prime example of this is House Bill (H.B.) 348 - Criminal Justice Programs and Amendments - from the 2015 Legislative Session. As the state’s coordinating commission for analysis and research on criminal justice issues, CCJJ works diligently to report on outcomes on key legislation while also providing recommendations on how to improve criminal justice outcomes and processes to both the legislature and state agencies.
In preparation for and during the 2021 Utah Legislative Session, CCJJ is partnering with state law-makers, agency representatives, and community organizations on over seventy-five criminal justice related bills. CCJJ does this by providing:
- Research-informed perspectives on how potential legislation will affect crime and victimization throughout the state,
- Convening meetings among key state-level, local-level, and community-based partners to understand key criminal justice issues for the purposes of building rapport and consensus, and
- Tracking updates and changes on key legislation as a means to communicate CCJJ’s position on, either in favor of or opposed to, each criminal justice bill being considered in the session.