Criminal Justice Services

Mission Statement:  Lewis and Clark County's Department of Criminal Justice Services exists to improve the safety of the citizens of Lewis and Clark County and ensure the equitable and efficient treatment of defendants, offenders, and victims.

law-and-justice-center-1.jpgWelcome to the Department of Criminal Justice Services! Through a holistic and collaborative approach, we aim to continually improve our county’s criminal justice system by providing effective community alternatives, solutions, and services to increase community safety, reduce crime, and assist defendants in finding success.

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Court Services

The Court Services team includes four POST-certified Pretrial and Misdemeanor Probation Officers one Court Services Assistant. The largest program managed under Court Services is the Pretrial Services Program, with each Officer managing a caseload of approximately 100 Defendants at a time. Court Services also includes specialty court supervision services and coordination of the Misdemeanor Probation Misdemeanor Probation Basic training.

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Behavioral Health Services

The Behavioral Health Team includes two Behavioral Health Therapists, one Behavioral Health Case Manager, one Behavioral Health Coordinator, and one Education/Transition Coordinator. The Team works collaboratively with Detention Center staff and our partners in the community to address mental health, suicide, and addiction issues experienced by a high number of those incarcerated and to prepare incarcerated individuals for a successful return into the community.

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Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The Lewis and Clark County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) is one of 30 nationally recognized Council’s and places us on the national network of CJCCs. With 15 leaders from across the community, our CJCC was created in 2012 to study, identify, implement, and coordinate innovative programs that reflect our citizen’s desire for safety and cost effectiveness. The CJCC serves as the central planning body for the criminal justice system and makes recommendations to the public policy boards on behalf of the justice system. 

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Citizens' Advisory Committee

The Citizens' Advisory Committee (CAC) is an advisory group to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). The CAC solicits citizen input and makes recommendations as part of the CJCC's responsibility to study and make improvements to the local criminal justice system.

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Reports and Publications

The Department Program Analyst ensures accurate, efficient data collection to develop dashboards and publish reports that communicate trends, impacts, and barriers in the County justice system. Press releases, articles, and presentations can also be found here.

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Latest News & Events

CJS-Quarterly-Newsletter-4.2024.png April 2024 Quarterly Newsletter now available for download(PDF, 524KB)

PASS-Infographic.png February 2024 Program Insights Infographic highlighting the PASS Program now available for download(PDF, 96KB)


CJS-Quarterly-Newsletter-1.2024-Image.jpg January 2024  Quarterly Newsletter now available for download(PDF, 4MB)

CJS-Report-Cover-Page.png July 2023  Criminal Justice Services - 5-Year Report is now available for download(PDF, 21MB)!

NarcanVending.png March 2023  Vending machines dispensing free Narcan have been implemented in the Criminal Justice Services lobby and the Our Place Drop-In Center.

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