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Criminal Justice System

Finding Jail Alternatives

Forming the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

Sedgwick County is struggling to manage an ever-increasing demand for jail beds. Among the many reasons for an increase in jail population are new laws, more stringent sentencing guidelines, mandatory sentences, greater investment in law enforcement, effective prosecution and forensic science resources. Many of these changes were wrought by an increase in serious crime, more public outrage at crimes like DUI and domestic violence, and the crimes and fear caused by emerging gangs.

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) was formed in 2004 to find efficiencies in the criminal justice system and develop and implement alternative programs designed to reduce recidivism, and provide adequate, well-run facilities.

Read the CJCC Master Plan

Read the bylaws of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

2013 Briefing Book

CJCC Members

There are 16 voting members of the CJCC who are members due to the position they hold. These members serve on the CJCC for as long as they occupy the position:

  • Judge James Fleetwood, Chief Administrative Judge, 18th Judicial District
  • Judge Jennifer Jones, Chief Administrative Judge, Municipal Court of the City of Wichita
  • Judge Warren Wilbert, 18th Judicial District
  • Chief Norman Williams, Chief of Police, City of Wichita
  • Marc Bennett, District Attorney, 18th Judicial District
  • Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners
  • Commissioner Dave Unruh, Sedgwick County Board of County Commissioners
  • Council Member Lavonta Williams, Councilmember, City of Wichita
  • Sharon Dickgrafe, Chief Deputy City Attorney, Municipal Court of the City of Wichita
  • William Buchanan, County Manager, Sedgwick County
  • Mark Masterson, Director of Department of Corrections, Sedgwick County
  • Steve Osburn, Chief Public Defender, Sedgwick County
  • Jeff Easter, Sedgwick County Sheriff
  • Marilyn Cook, Director of COMCARE, Sedgwick County
  • Marv Duncan, Director of Public Safety, Sedgwick County
  • Council Member Mike Alumbaugh, Park City Council, Sedgwick County Association of Cities

CJCC Meetings

The principal mission of the CJCC is to study the Sedgwick County criminal justice system, identify deficiencies and formulate policy, plans and programs for change when opportunities present themselves. In addition, its mission is to communicate and present planning, financial, operational, managerial, and programmatic recommendations to the agencies represented on the CJCC.

Meetings take place at 10 a.m. on the fourth Thursday of each month at 141 W. Elm in Wichita, second floor training room.

2014 Meetings:

2013 Meetings:

2012 Meetings: