The National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) announces its new leadership for the 2017-2018 term. Members of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee were elected on July 30 at the NCJA Advisory Council meeting, held in conjunction with the 2017 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Long Beach, CA. The NCJA, based in Washington D.C., is a national voice in shaping and implementing criminal justice policy. As the representative of state, tribal and local criminal and juvenile justice practitioners, the NCJA works to promote a balanced approach to communities' complex public safety, criminal and juvenile justice system problems.
Deb Matteucci, who has served as Executive Director of the Montana Board of Crime Control since January 2015, was reelected to a second term on the NCJA Board and Executive Committee, representing the Western Region of Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Idaho, Wyoming, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Hawaii, American Samoa, Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. Asked about the size of the territory she will represent, Matteucci said “We are a huge region but we share the same challenges. Large increases in meth, heroin and other incredibly toxic drugs, poor access to mental health services, and high rates of suicide and addiction are all drivers to the criminal justice system. I think each of the NCJA regions experiences these challenges to some degree, but for the West, it’s almost an epidemic. I’m humbled to have an opportunity to once again represent these states and territories at the national level and advocate for critical resources to our rural and frontier areas.”
Karhlton Moore, executive director of the Ohio Office of Criminal Justice Services, was reelected to a second term as President of the NCJA Board of Directors and will lead the Executive Committee. “It is a tremendous honor to serve as president of the NCJA board,” Moore said. “I am proud to work with and on behalf of my colleagues from across the country who are dedicated to improving our criminal justice system.” In addition, Christian Kervick, executive director of the Delaware Criminal Justice Council was re-elected to a second term as Vice President.
Joining Moore, Kervick and Matteucci on the Executive Committee are three other Regional Chairs: Raeone Magnusen, executive director of the Office of Justice Programs, Minnesota Department of Public Safety (Midwest Region); Fran Ecker, director of the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services (South Region); and Glenn Fueston, executive director of the Maryland Governor’s Office of Crime Control and Prevention (Northeast Region).
The NCJA Board of Directors and the Executive Committee formulate and guide the policy and direction of the association. Members represent all facets of the criminal and juvenile justice community, from law enforcement, corrections, prosecution, defense, courts, victim-witness services and educational institutions to federal, state and local elected officials. In addition to the members listed above, new members to the full Board of Directors include Anne Jordan, ME Administrative Office of the Courts; Scott McLaren, DE Criminal Justice Council; James Neal, GA Criminal Justice Coordinating Council; John Colligan, VA Department of Criminal Justice Services; David Murtaugh, IN Criminal Justice Institute; Lori Pesci, Summit County (OH) Division of Public Safety; Andrew LeFevre and Anthony Vidale, both of the AZ Criminal Justice Commission.
One challenge more unique to the Western Region, the high number of Native American/Alaska Native tribal governments and reservations, is one Matteucci hopes to bring to the attention of national policy makers and her counterparts on the NCJA Board. “I think each of the Western states are trying hard to identify and implement crime prevention, victim service, juvenile justice and law enforcement programs that honor and respect the traditions, culture and sovereignty of our tribal partners. Federal grant opportunities and new national initiatives sometimes fail to address the cultural needs of our tribal neighbors or the frontier landscape we call home, designed instead for inner city issues with big city access to resources. We just don’t have that.”
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The Montana Board of Crime Control (MBCC) provides the Building Blocks for Safer Communities with grant funding, data to drive decision making, and collaborative partnerships. Since 1968, the MBCC has been proactively contributing to public safety, crime prevention and victim assistance with planning, policy development, and coordination of the justice systems in partnership with citizens, government, and communities. Our federally directed role is to facilitate strategic planning within the criminal justice system, identify crime prevention needs, promote public safety, and enhance, coordinate, and strengthen the performance of the criminal and juvenile justice systems. The agency is organized to administer and service the following independent, but interrelated, functional components: Grants Planning, Administration and Fiscal Management, Training and Technical Assistance, Juvenile Justice Initiatives, and Technical Services including law enforcement incident based crime data reporting. MBCC is governed by an 18-member Board of Directors, appointed by the Governor and confirmed by the Montana Senate and has a staff of 18, based in Helena.
For more information, please visit our website at www.mbcc.mt.gov.