Our mission is to independently assess our community’s criminal justice system by analyzing the processes that lead to jail population, understanding how the decisions in the process are made, identifying the costs associated with processes and decisions, recommending priorities to responsibly reduce jail population with associated costs, and outlining long-term sustainability options.
An economical, efficient, and smart local justice system that reflects our values of fairness, compassion and good governance.
A system of pre-trial detention that effectively prioritizes public safety through data-informed and evidence-based practices.
Detention facilities that are safe and humane for both staff and detainees.
Community oversight that is sustainable and continually strives for efficiency.
OUR SIX-FOLD PLAN.
In an effort to address over-incarceration and issues plaguing the county-wide justice system, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber formed a task force to research and plan for reform on the local level.
In 2015, the task force received policy and research analysis and support from the Vera Institute of Justice, a renowned independent nonprofit national research and policy organization. Based on extensive observation and research, the Vera Institute found six major areas for improvements that now serve as the guide for all of CJAC’s work. Despite some constraints imposed by state law and a lack of resources, the majority of these strategies can be implemented at the local level through the collaboration forged by CJAC.
These efforts affirm a commitment to having a justice system in Oklahoma County that balances safety, justice and efficiency. Our community does not want to pay more for a system that keeps us less safe and results in harm to those involved. As these recommendations are being implemented by police, at the jail, and in the courts, our county is seeing significant change and a restoration of justice.
Timothy Tardibono is our executive director. Tardibono was hired in early 2018 to lead the council.
He has lead innovative reforms that have resulted in the Oklahoma County Jail populating at its lowest since the early 1990's. His outreach efforts have brought hundreds of people through the jail on tours to see conditions and forge community-wide dedication to decarceration and jail alternatives.
Tardibono is an attorney and he has served as counsel and policy analyst to Oklahoma Governors and Senators, as well as public policy leadership in a variety of organizations. Tardibono is originally from Bethany, Oklahoma.