What is a County Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB)?


Criminal Justice Advisory Boards (CJABs) are groups of top-level county officials which address criminal justice issues from a systemic and policy level perspective. CJABs study best practices in the administration and delivery of criminal justice and recommend ways in which public agencies can improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the criminal justice system within a county.

CJABs are different from issue-specific and ad hoc groups, such as county prison boards or intermediate punishment task forces. Unlike these other groups, CJABs provide an ongoing forum for communication and joint problem solving among county officials on a wide range of criminal justice issues.

A CJAB’s membership is comprised of individuals with the authority and credibility to effect the delivery of criminal justice/public safety and service on the county and local levels. Membership should include top- level representatives of the courts, corrections, law enforcement, community-based organizations, executive branch of government, health and human service agencies, victims’ services agencies, and the business and faith communities.

CJABs are frequently designated as the primary point of contact with the commonwealth and the federal government for criminal justice matters.

Pennsylvania Interactive Map of CJAB Counties