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Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council
The Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council was jointly created by the City of Miami Commission and the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners in 1978. This Council assumed all responsibilities formerly carried out by the Dade County Criminal Justice Advisory Council (established in 1972).
The Council’s purpose is to encourage and facilitate coordination and cooperation between and among the various agencies of the Criminal Justice System of Miami-Dade County and to provide advice, analysis, and technical assistance to criminal justice-related agencies.
All Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council (DMCJC) meetings are held publicly under the Florida Sunshine Law and prior public notice is provided before any meeting.
- Regular Meetings – held 4 times per year
- Executive Committee Meetings – held as needed
- Committee Meetings – held as needed
The Executive Committee is comprised of the Council Chairperson, Vice-Chairperson, and committee chairpersons. The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Council between meetings on any urgent matter which would normally come before the Council for a decision.
Public Safety Coordinating Council Committee
The Public Safety Coordinating Council Committee shall carry out duties required by Florida Statute Section 951.26 and is independent from and shall not be subject to modifications by the Council. The Committee shall meet at the call of the Chairperson for the purpose of assessing the population status of all detention or correctional facilities owned or contracted by the county, and will formulate recommendations to ensure that the capacities of such facilities are not exceeded.
Such recommendations shall include an assessment of the availability of pretrial intervention or probation programs, work-release programs, substance abuse programs, gain-time schedules, applicable bail bond schedules, and the confinement status of the inmates housed within each facility owned or contracted by the county.
Legislative and Policy Committee
The Legislative and Policy Committee shall develop a comprehensive approach for the prevention of serious and violent crime through legislative strategies that fill the gaps in the continuum of practices that impact the community. This committee shall review and analyze proposed and current federal, state, and local legislation, and provide recommendations to the Council on legislative development.
Juvenile Justice and Prevention Committee
The Juvenile Justice and Prevention Committee shall strengthen the continuum of care for youth at risk of criminal behavior and for young offenders at all stages of involvement in the juvenile and criminal justice systems through the replication and adaptation of proven initiatives that incorporate research, practical experience, and broad-based community partnerships.
The Nominating Committee shall be comprised of Institutional Members. The Nominating committee shall identify, review, and make recommendations to the Council for candidates to fill Community Representative vacancies on the Council.
Mental Health Diversion Committee
The Mental Health Diversion Committee shall review the current mental health and jail system/processes and shall make recommendations for system improvements to more effectively divert, treat and monitor persons with mental illness who become involved in the criminal justice system.
Miami-Dade Reentry Council Committee
The Miami-Dade Reentry Council Committee shall plan and coordinate local reentry services. The Committee may collaborate with the Public Safety Coordinating Council Committee to develop a comprehensive local reentry plan. This committee shall provide evidence-based methodology and outcome measures for evaluating the efficacy and impact of programs; review and analyze federal and state grant programs used to promote safe and successful reintegration into the community, including but not limited to the Second Chance Act grant program; and identify funding opportunities and forward recommendations to the Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council.
The membership of the Council is comprised of local criminal justice agency administrators, public officials, and interested citizens appointed because of their expertise and interest in improving the local and state criminal justice system. The Council does not provide direct client services.Back to Top
The Dade-Miami Criminal Justice Council is comprised is comprised of local criminal justice agency administrators, public officials, and interested citizens appointed because of their expertise and interest in improving the local and state criminal justice system.
- Wifredo "Willy" Gort
Chairperson, City of Miami Board of Commissioners
- Esteban L. Bovo, Jr.
Chairperson, Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners
- Tomas Regalado
Mayor, City of Miami
- Connie Leon-Kreps
Miami-Dade League of Cities Representative #1
- Richard Block
Miami-Dade League of Cities Representative #2
- Roxanna Ross
Miami-Dade League of Cities Representative #3
- Juan J. Perez
Director, Miami-Dade Police Department
- Carlos A. Gimenez
Mayor, Miami-Dade County
- Daniel Junior, Interim Director
Director, Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department
- Dr. Emma Lew
Miami-Dade County Medical Examiner
- Morris Copeland
Director, Juvenile Services Department
- Rodolfo Llanes
Chief, Miami Police Department
- Hon. Bertila Soto
Chief Judge, 11th Judicial Circuit of Florida
- Hon. Samuel Slom
Chief County Court Judge
(Administrative Judge – County Criminal Division)
- Katherine Fernandez-Rundle (Vice-Chairperson)
- Carlos Martinez
- Harvey Ruvin
Clerk of the Court
- Alberto Carvalho
Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
- Gilda Ferradaz
Southern Region Administrator, Florida Department of Children & Families
- Frank Manning
Chief Probation Officer, Circuit XI, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
District Judge, U.S. Southern District of Florida
- Sunny Ukenye
Circuit XI Probation Administrator
(State of Florida Department of Corrections – Probation and Parole)
- Kevin Lystad
Chief, Dade County Association of Chiefs of Police
- David Vittoria
Director, Local Substance Abuse Treatment Program
(Baptist Health Systems, South Florida)
County and State Job Programs and Community Groups (work with offenders) Representative #1
County and State Job Programs and Community Groups (work with offenders) Representative #2
- Rita Swichkow
County and State Job Programs and Community Groups (work with offenders) Representative #3
(Guardian ad Litem Program)
- Paul T. Sweeney (Chairperson)
Community Representative #1
- Priscilla Rivera
Community Representative #2
(University of Miami)
- Naomi Wright
Community Representative #3
(The Lady Speaks)
- Teresa Descilo
Community Representative #4
(The Trauma Resolution Center)
Ms. Arlice Larkin
Miami-Dade Police Department
Special Investigations Division
9105 NW 25th Street, Room 3065
Doral, Florida 33172
Office Phone: 305-471-2687
Ms. Veronica Salom
Miami-Dade Corrections and Rehabilitation Department
2525 NW 62nd Street
Miami, Florida 33147
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