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POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE (PRC)

Chair: Howard Bebbington

The PRC is one of the most active and important committees struck by the Canadian Criminal Justice Association; this body closely monitors the work of Parliament and emerging trends in Canadian criminal justice policy. It meets nine times per year, with a winter and a summer recess.

Membership on this committee is comprised of individuals who are interested in policy debate, legislative change, Parliamentary issues, and, generally speaking, the major issues of the day.

The Policy Review Committee is thus comprised of a diverse group of individuals contributing various perspectives in the criminal justice field. Certain members are called upon to draft briefs and may be invited to testify at the House of Commons.

The Policy Review Committee will utilize its access to the Association’s Justice Report and website to express the views of the committee.

In general, this committee is comprised of CCJA members, but guest members may also be invited.

AWARDS COMMITTEE

Chair : Angle Falk

The Awards Committee members are representatives from the various sectors of the criminal justice system, as well as the regions of Canada.

Duties of the Awards Committee

The Awards Committee shall :

  • Receive the nominations
  • Verify the eligibility of the nominated persons
  • Verify the information received and obtain any missing information regarding the nominated persons
  • Apply the selection criteria
  • Recommend to the President of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, the nominee(s) to receive Award(s) and the type of Award(s) to be granted

Objectives of the Awards Program :

  • To recognize the contribution of individuals to the field of criminal justice;
  • To encourage creativity, innovation and continuous improvement in the Criminal Justice System;
  • To maintain high standards of performance by persons working in the criminal justice field or persons working on matters related to criminal justice.

Call for Nominations

The Canadian Criminal Justice Association issues a call for nominations in April of each Congress year. The call for nominations is included in the publications of the Canadian Criminal Justice Association.  All nominations are to be forwarded to the Chair of the Awards Committee.

Awards

  • The Senator Earl A. Hastings AwardTo honour Canadians who do not work in justice but have made an outstanding contribution over many years to the Canadian criminal justice system.
  • The Willie Gibbs Lifetime Achievement AwardTo recognize meritorious contributions by CCJA members to the improvement of Canada’s criminal justice system. 
  •  Public Education AwardTo recognize persons who contribute to a better understanding among Canadians of the nature and necessity of a humane and effective criminal justice system.
  • Research AwardTo recognize  individuals or groups having conducted valid research that has led to significant improvement within the Canadian criminal justice system
  • Crime Prevention AwardTo recognize individuals or organizations making significant contributions to the reduction of criminal behaviour and increased public safety in Canada.
  • Certificate of AppreciationTo recognize individuals, members or non-members, who have made a significant contribution to the achievement of CCJA objectives.

PUBLIC EDUCATION RESOURCES COMMITTEE (PURC)

Purpose

The purpose of the Public Education Resources Committee is to support the work of the CCJA and its affiliates through proposing promotional and educational activities to the Board of Directors.

CCJA Public Education Fund

Goals of the Committee

The goals of the Public Education Resources Committee are:

  • To utilize the resources of CCJA to meet the Mission and Objectives of CCJA
  • To encourage the affiliates to undertake activities that will contribute to the Mission and Objectives of CCJA by providing financial assistance or other incentives
  • To complement the activities of other CCJA committees

Objectives

The objectives of the Public Education Resources Committee are:

  • To utilize the finances of the CCJA to initiate projects that will increase the effectiveness of the Association
  • To assist the Affiliates to initiate projects within their jurisdictions that will improve the operations of the Criminal Justice System, including the prevention of crime
  • To collaborate with other organizations to develop projects that will contribute to the Mission and Objectives of CCJA

Activities

The activities of the Public Education Resources Committee are:

  • To develop initiatives to improve the effectiveness of the Association
  • Create projects to enhance the development of humane and effective Criminal Justice processes
  • Consult the Affiliates to develop projects in their jurisdiction that will contribute to the improvement of the Criminal Justice System
  • Develop the application process, including criteria

Public Education Resources Committee Composition

The CCJA Public Education Resources Committee is composed of CCJA Directors as confirmed by the CCJA Board of Directors from time to time. All CCJA Board Directors and members are eligible to be members of the Public Education Resources Committee

Links to other CCJA Committees and Affiliates

The Public Education Resources Committee plays a supportive role to other CCJA committees and Affiliates by recommending projects to the Board of Directors to increase the effectiveness of CCJA and meet the Mission and Objectives of the Association.

PUBLIC AWARENESS & VISIBILITY COMMITTEE

Mandate

  • To improve the visibility of CCJA through a dynamic communications strategy.
  • To retain and increase the CCJA membership.
  • To enhance communication with provincial affiliates and regional associations.
  • To make our presence felt in all areas of justice policy and legislation.

Objectives

  • To act in an advisory capacity to the board of directors.
  • To liaise with the Policy Review Committee to ensure the timely distribution and media release of policy papers.
  • To engage Canadians in a dialogue of justice ideals.
  • To ensure policy makers are aware of our policy position papers and where to find them.
  • To ensure key student populations are aware of CCJA as a source of information on criminal justice policy and activities
  • To improve awareness of the CCJA among the general public and CCJA affiliate populations.
  • To inform the population, promote participation among citizens, and influence public opinion through the CCJA membership, affiliates, Parliament, CCJA partners, and media.
  • To make recommendations to CCJA Awards Committee and propose related media stories.
  • To facilitate sharing of information among student populations
  • To foster good relationships and ties with other agencies operating in the criminal justice field.

MEMBERSHIP STRATEGIES COMMITTEE

Chair: Hirsch Greenberg

Objectives

  • To contribute to the general expansion of the CCJA membership base.
  • To plan and implement an approach to promote increased student involvement.
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