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A. A criminal justice coordinating council is created for each judicial district and may include representation from within the district for:
(1) each court in the district;
(2) the district attorney;
(3) the district public defender office;
(4) law enforcement agencies;
(6) correctional facilities;
(7) behavioral health programs; or
(8) other agencies and entities agreed upon by the council.
B. Each criminal justice coordinating council shall be convened by the chief judge of the district court in the judicial district.
C. Each criminal justice coordinating council shall select a chair at its first meeting. The first meeting of each council shall take place by August 1, 2019, and the council shall subsequently meet at the call of the chair, but not less than ten months per year.
D. Each criminal justice coordinating council shall organize itself and adopt rules in a manner appropriate to accomplish its duties pursuant to the Crime Reduction Grant Act.
E. A criminal justice coordinating council shall, to the extent possible, develop a strategic plan to meet the requirements of this section and shall:
(1) review the criminal justice system in the judicial district, including judicial processes, law enforcement, community corrections alternatives and sufficiency of jail and detention facilities;
(2) identify criminal justice system problems in the judicial district;
(3) develop data-driven policies and evidence-based best practices designed to improve public safety outcomes, cost-effective responses to crime and fair and efficient adjudication processes;
(4) apply as necessary to grant administration agencies for crime reduction grants pursuant to the Crime Reduction Grant Act;
(5) facilitate sharing of criminal justice information between agencies as permitted by law; and
(6) in consultation with the commission, develop data-sharing agreements and methods of data sharing to allow system-wide analysis of criminal justice operations within the judicial district and throughout the state.
F. Executive agencies and the administrative office of the courts shall provide prompt responses to criminal justice coordinating council requests for information.
Cite this article: FindLaw.com - New Mexico Statutes Chapter 31. Criminal Procedure § 31-28-3. Criminal justice coordinating councils created; composition; duties - last updated May 06, 2021 | https://codes.findlaw.com/nm/chapter-31-criminal-procedure/nm-st-sect-31-28-3/
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