Improving Public Safety: Beyond the Office of Criminal Justice Planning

Report #171, July 2003

OVERVIEW

In this report, the Commission urges policy-makers to eliminate the Office of Criminal Justice Planning (OCJP) and create a new mechanism to ensure the State is effectively helping communities reduce crime and its consequences.

During its review, the Commission found that OCJP is not efficiently managing nearly $300 million in grants to local law enforcement and other agencies. More importantly, the Commission found the office has consistently failed to perform the strategic planning and other leadership activities necessary to fulfill its legal and moral mandate to help communities fight crime, violence and drug abuse.

The Commission recommends abolishing OCJP and consolidating its 100 grant programs and reassigning them to other agencies that have demonstrated an ability to effectively manage grant programs.