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Welcome to the Criminal Justice Advisory Board

Welcome to the Criminal Justice Advisory Board

Mission Statement

To enable Criminal Justice and related agencies to work together to improve the quality of life within Berks County. 

High Level Goals

  • Development of a system-wide, evidence-based approach to sentencing, supervision and treatment
  • Development of a systematic approach to reduce/respond to violent crime and drug-related crime.
  • Increase juvenile programming in the areas of youth violence and truancy
  • Support the implementation and enhancement of criminal justice technology initiatives
  • To reduce recidivism and jail overcrowding and increase public safety through the use of cost effective and efficient reentry initiatives.
  • Develop evidence based approaches including the Stepping Up initiative that respond to the prevention, intervention and treatment of mental health and substance abuse disorders.
  • Utilize the Data Driven Justice Initiative to review and analyze the top consumers for each intercept and profile/model consumption across all systems.

General Information

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Opioid Coalition

​​Identify opportunities to remediate the opioid crisis through the provision of evidence based / best practice strategies and resources.

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Reentry Strategic Planning

​To reduce recidivism and jail overcrowding and increase public safety through the use of cost effective and efficient reentry initiatives. 

Data Driven Justice

Program Objectives

Advance six program objectives:

  • Secure committed team leadership.

  • Ensure implementation of timely screening and assessments.

  • Obtain baseline data.

  • Complete a comprehensive process analysis and inventory of services.

  • Prioritize policy, practice and funding improvements.

  • Identify strategies to track and evaluate progress.

Stepping Up Initiative

In an effort to reduce the number of people with mental illness in our jail, Berks County is focusing on the six Stepping Up questions to evaluate the complex issues related to improving effective access to treatment for our mentally ill residents.  Our goal is to use our available resources as effectively as possible to ensure treatment rather than incarceration while maintaining public safety and tracking our progress. 

Data Driven Justice

Our goals will the Data Driven Justice Initiative are to gather the data necessary to access, quantify and articulate the service deliver and consumption of behavioral health, emergency medical services and criminal justice services currently used in Berks County.  Once we establish a baseline we can then identify measures of success and related costs for each component of emergency medical services, behavioral health and criminal justice services to improve treatment and reduce Jail time for our mental health consumers.