Biennial Comprehensive Criminal Justice Plan
The 2007 Comprehensive Criminal Justice Plan was developed in response to the statutory requirements outlined in Public Act 05-249, An Act Concerning Criminal Justice Planning and Eligibility for Crime Victim Compensation and Public Act 06-193, An Act Concerning Criminal Justice Policy and Planning and the Establishment of a Sentencing Task Force. This legislation created the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division within the Office of Policy and Management effective July 1, 2006, and tasked the Division with developing a plan to promote a more effective and cohesive state criminal justice system.
The inaugural edition of this plan is intended to serve as a guideline for the further development of specific criminal justice policy development and planning activities and of strategies to measure outcomes of various criminal justice programs. This plan begins to lay the groundwork for developing a greater understanding of the criminal justice system in the state of Connecticut and the complex relationships which exist between prevention, intervention, diversion, prosecution, adjudication, prison and jail crowding, recidivism, re-entry and many other inter-related system dependencies. In the development of the comprehensive criminal justice planning process set forth in this plan, the Division has specifically identified strategic planning goals which include building and improving upon communication, collaboration and cooperation within the criminal justice system and its constituent stakeholders.
The 2007 Comprehensive Criminal Justice Plan is presented in three parts. The first part provides a brief overview of the Connecticut criminal justice system, details the formal establishment and organization of the Criminal Justice Policy and Planning Division, the Division’s approach to meeting the mandates of the new legislation and a review of the various collaborative working groups which are actively involved in criminal justice policy and planning activities.
The second part of the report explains the need for a long term, sustained planning effort for criminal justice planning in Connecticut. The second section further delineates the importance, and necessity, of collaboration among agencies and branches of government as a strategy to achieve common goals in the criminal justice system. Also included in this section are a generalized planning model and methodology to begin a detailed examination of the criminal justice planning system in Connecticut.
The final section of the report describes the activities the Division undertook to identify significant issues across the spectrum of criminal justice agencies in the executive branch and the judicial branch. Based upon an analysis of all the issues submitted to the Division during this process, and available funding, this section presents a list of issues/activities that have been identified for further development, analysis and/or implementation.