Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC)

In June 2018, Winnebago County, Illinois formally established its Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). Through coordinated leadership, CJCC members work to identify and address emerging and existing criminal justice system issues. The Council works to improve and establish policies that are research based, technologically advanced, effective and work to break the cycle of crime.

The Winnebago County CJCC uses a data-guided planning process to identify, analyze, solve and manage criminal justice system issues. Technical assistance in the form of research and analysis is provided by Loyola University Chicago’s Center for Criminal Justice Research, Policy and Practice. View the CJCC 2018 Bylaws PDF

CJCC Symposium

The Winnebago County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council hosted the “Justice That Heals” symposium on April 21, 2023. Members of the council gathered for a day of educational workshops and engaged in lectures from a panel of skilled speakers. More than 200 registrants will be in attendance, with representation from government agencies, law enforcement, circuit court judges, human service providers, attorneys, multi-disciplinary teams and more. 

View CJCC 2023 "Justice That Heals" Video -  Doug Marlowe

Speakers included:

  • Douglas Marlowe, J.D., Ph.D. – Senior Scientific Consultant for the National Association of Drug Court Professionals.
  • Raul Almazar, MA, RN - Senior Public Policy Advisor at the National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors.
  • Judge Stephen E. Balogh – 17th Judicial Circuit Court Associate Judge, Boone County Division.


The voting members of the Council are a member due to the position they hold. The following members will serve on the Council for as long as they occupy the position:

  • Chief Judge, 17th Circuit Court*
  • Presiding Judge, Criminal Division, Winnebago County Circuit Court*
  • Supervising Judge, Winnebago County Juvenile Courts Division
  • State’s Attorney, Winnebago County*
  • Public Defender, Winnebago County
  • Director of Court Services, Winnebago County
  • Trial Court Administrator, Winnebago County
  • Superintendent, Winnebago County Jail
  • Chairman, Winnebago County*
  • Mayor, City of Rockford*
  • Chief of Police, City of Rockford*
  • Sheriff, Winnebago County*
  • Chief Information Officer, Winnebago County IT
  • Representative, Illinois Department of Corrections
  • Branch Chief, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Northern District of IL, Western Division
  • Parole Board Member

      * Denotes Executive membership

Multi-Disciplinary Teams

The Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) partners with multi-disciplinary teams (MDT’s) to expedite and facilitate the business of the CJCC. Additionally, this relationship strengthens the criminal justice system of care by supporting the coordination of services to ensure the efficient and effective deployment of resources. CJCC MDT’s must include one CJCC liaison appointed by the MDT and approved by the CJCC Chair. Chair may approve one alternate to represent the MDT when the liaison is not available to attend. Liaisons are non-voting members.

Justice-Involved Behavioral Health MDT


Judge Janet Holmgren

Partnerships and Strategies to Reentry


Marlana Dokken

Mayor's Office on DV
and HT


Jennifer Cacciapaglia

Winnebago County Opioid Task Force


Dr. Sandra Martell


The Justice-Involved Behavioral Health MDT was developed out of Sequential Intercept Model (SIM) Mapping Workshops. Key stakeholders from local behavioral health and criminal justice systems met to identify resources for responding to the needs of adults with mental and substance use disorders who are involved or at risk for involvement in the criminal justice system, as well as gaps in services and opportunities for cross-system collaboration and partnership.


Partnerships and Strategies to Reentry meets quarterly to learn best practices, share new programming, and learn of gaps in service in the area of reentry. This group met first as Partnerships and Strategies to Reduce Violent Crime; it was opened to cover a broader population. Partners meet operationally between meetings to share information confidential to client case plans and not appropriate for larger groups.


The Mayor’s Office brings together the work of numerous agencies and organizations throughout the community to collectively tackle the problems of domestic violence and human trafficking. The Task Force has developed many strategies, including the Family Peace Center. For more information, please visit the FPC website.


Using the Illinois Opioid Action Plan as its planning tool, the Opioid Task Force brings together leaders working around the subject of opioid addiction. The focus of the efforts is to save lives. This Plan focuses on efforts falling into three pillars (1) Prevention: preventing the further spread of the opioid crisis (2) Treatment and Recovery: providing evidence-based treatment and recovery services to Illinois residents with opioid use disorder (OUD), and (3) Response: averting overdose deaths. For more information, please visit the Opioid Response Team website.