Friday, September 18, 2015

WHEREAS, the CCJB is open to public comment, THEREFORE, citizens should express their concerns this Monday at 4

For the first time, the local Community Criminal Justice Board will allow for questions and public comments at its upcoming 4 p.m. meeting in the Fire and Rescue room at the County Administration building this Monday, September 21. 

A version of the following important resolution written by local citizens will be introduced for adoption at this important meeting:


WHEREAS, the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB) approved and adopted in 2014 a Community-Based Corrections Plan (CBCP); and,

WHEREAS, the CBCP had 15 recommendations in the areas of System Planning and Coordination, Jail Capacity, & System Enhancements and Strategies; and,

WHEREAS, Commonwealth of Virginia Code § 9.1-180 states Responsibilities of Community Criminal Justice Boards, one of which is to “Facilitate local involvement and flexibility in responding to the problem of crime in their communities”; and,

WHEREAS, CCJB stakeholders have begun implementing a number of programs and procedures related to CBCP recommendations, including issuing a Request for Proposals for a Day Reporting Program for the Harrisonburg/Rockingham Jail, making a pod available in the Rockingham Jail for mental health treatment, investigating new and improved data systems, allowing public comment at the September 21, 2015, CCJB meeting, and implementing a restorative justice program in the City of Harrisonburg; and,

WHEREAS, the first CBCP recommendation states, "Decision makers should initiate a long range planning strategy to investigate, develop, and implement a continuum of jail-based programs, and community-based sanctions and programs,"; and, 

WHEREAS, the successful implementation of recommendations requires not only CCJB members, but also faith-based, academic, non-governmental, and private resources; and,

WHEREAS, since adopting the CBCP, the City of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County have become owners of Middle River Regional Jail; and,

WHEREAS, many people and organizations stand ready to participate in the development of a long-range plan in order that they may effectively collaborate to implement the recommendations in the CBCP;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, ON THIS DAY, THE 21st of September, 2015, the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Criminal Justice Board requests it stakeholders to share in the appropriation of funding for and the implementation of a professionally-facilitated planning process (provider shall subscribe to the core values of the International Association for Public Participation); and,

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this facilitated process shall produce a one- to five-year strategy to implement the recommendations of the 2014 CBCP, and include action items and accountability for the many stakeholders partnering to implement the action items.

Here's a link to more information on the Moseley report

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