Justice and Public Safety Steering Committee

Justice and Public Safety

2020-2021 Justice and Pubic Safety Legislative Goals

JPS-1: Support efforts to provide greater flexibility to local governments in expenditure of 911 surcharge funds and ensure adequate funding for next-gen technology.

JPS-2: Support increased state funding for NC courts, including funding for specialty courts and pretrial release programs. 

JPS-3: Seek legislation to increase the amount paid to county jails by the state to the full cost reimbursement for housing sentenced inmates. 

JPS-4: Support legislation and state funding to provide early intervention services through the Juvenile Crime Prevention Councils, and support increased state funding for the prevention, intervention and treatment of adolescent substance use disorders, gang involvement and domestic violence; and requires the Department of Public Safety to evaluate and update the amount of local matches for JCPC funding.

Presentations from January 2020 Steering Committee Meeting

Committee Schedule

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2021 NCACC County Map Book

NCACC Justice & Public Safety Guiding Principles

  • The statewide judicial system and public safety services, including effective ancillary services and programs, should be adequately funded and staffed in order to provide an efficient environment for judicial and public safety processes, to instill public confidence and to protect our communities.
  • Adjudication should be swift, in order to minimize overcrowding in county jails.
  • Bonds should be reasonable, and effective pre-trial screening and population management efforts should be encouraged.
  • Offenders should be held accountable to society and required to pay a proportionate share of the debt resulting from their offenses, including debt to counties, either through fees based on ability to pay and/or through community service.
  • Effective prevention programs, alternatives to incarcerations and other related services should be supported in an effort to help reduce recidivism rates and lower county jail costs.
George Dunlap

Committee Chair

George Dunlap
Mecklenburg County

Steering Committee membership

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