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Criminal Justice Advisory Group

The Mecklenburg County Criminal Justice Advisory Group (CJAG) was created in 2005 as an informal forum where criminal justice system leaders engage in systemic planning and coordination. The CJAG focuses on identifying goals and priorities, developing solutions, and measuring results. Commitment is made to establishing cohesive policies and programs which are based on research and comprehensive planning. This commitment entails effective resource utilization and targeted funding strategies as part of its goal. 

Full CJAG committee meetings will be held on the second Wednesday of even numbered months at 8:30 A.M. Additional meetings may be scheduled if needed.

Mission Statement

The Criminal Justice Advisory Group is committed to making a positive difference in the Mecklenburg County criminal justice system through communication, research, coordination, and planning. The group collaboratively develops programs and policies, and advocates change, in the interest of improving public safety.

Goal and Objectives

The goal of the CJAG is to coordinate the overall criminal justice system to make it more efficient, effective, and productive. Based on this goal, the objectives are:

  1. To bring together key decision makers on a monthly basis to openly discuss issues that affect the criminal justice system;
  2. To identify problems and issues, and to proactively address those issues through planning and coordination;
  3. To facilitate the administration of criminal justice and the provision of related services and programs;
  4. To generate system-wide data that increases knowledge of the criminal justice system and strengthens decision-making;
  5. To continually improve a criminal justice plan that defines systemic goals and objectives, identifies areas of strength and weakness, and includes an action plan with timelines and evaluative aspects;
  6. To initiate innovative programs and policies which enhance the functionality of the criminal justice system and increase public safety;
  7. To review costs related to criminal justice agency activities, avoid duplicate spending, and prioritize the use of limited funds;
  8. To determine potential grant opportunities, identify eligible agencies and programs, and synchronize the grant application process to ensure that, on balance, no opportunities are lost;
  9. To interconnect, and possibly consolidate, existing criminal justice groups, committees, and boards operating in Mecklenburg County to avoid redundancy of efforts and to ensure cohesive systemic planning;
  10. To develop and monitor an integrated information system that permits the timely sharing of data among criminal justice agencies; and,
  11. To respond to critical issues and collectively develop resolutions before they become crises.



Committee Membership

  • Chief District Court Judge
  • Chief Magistrate
  • Child Support Enforcement Director
  • Clerk of Court
  • Community Support Services Director
  • County Manager’s Designee
  • City Manager’s Designee
  • District Attorney
  • Health Department Director
  • Judicial District Manager
  • Police Chief- Charlotte
  • Police Chief- Cornelius
  • Police Chief- Davidson
  • Police Chief- Huntersville
  • Police Chief- Matthews
  • Police Chief- Mint Hill
  • Police Chief- Pineville
  • Public Defender
  • Senior Resident Superior Court Judge
  • Sheriff
  • Trial Court Administrator


Upcoming Meetings

Wednesday, June 8th, 2022 at 8:30AM: Full CJAG Meeting

Committee Documents


Minutes and Agendas


Office Location:

Criminal Justice Services
715 E. 4th St.
Charlotte, NC 28202
Hours: Mon-Fri  8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


Criminal Justice Services

Key Initiatives