The work required to establish a CJAB can be time-consuming and difficult. It is important to appraise a county’s readiness to create a board before beginning the detailed work involved in actually developing one. An assessment of a county’s readiness to develop and implement a CJAB can be determined by answering questions such as:
- Is an individual with demonstrated credibility and effectiveness willing to lead the CJABs development?
- Is there a readily apparent issue, which would justify convening a CJAB at this time?
- Are key criminal justice decision makers willing and able to serve on a CJAB at this time?
- Does the county currently have the resources required to support a board?
Key Elements Of A Successful CJAB
- High Ranking Decision Makers
- Formal Governance Structure
- Policy Level Focus
- Systemic Perspective
- Ongoing Operation
- Broad Realm of Issues
- Cross-jurisdictional Outlook
- Data Integration