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Community Response to Criminal Justice Needs

The Pierce County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council is conducting a community wide needs assessment to improve services to the community, resources to victims and outcomes for offenders. Your input is essential and appreciated.

1. How important do you believe it is for criminal justice agencies to work together in a coordinated way?

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I believe all agencies working together is:

2. What are the best ways for agencies in the Criminal Justice system to get important information out to you?

  Newspaper Internet Radio Town Hall Meetings
I prefer to be informed by:

3. How strongly do you believe in diversion programs being available for low-risk or first-time offenders?

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I believe diversion programs are:

4. How important is it to you that nationally recognized "Best Practices" and "Evidence-based Strategies" are used in Pierce County to help Criminal Justice agencies make the best decisions for all concerned?

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The use of "Best Practices" and "Evidence-based Strategies" is:

5. What do you believe we could do in Pierce County to improve prisoners' successful reentry back into society?

6. What areas of crime prevention do you feel are most important to focus on in Pierce County?

7. How strongly do you feel about people with mental health or substance abuse issues being offered alternative programs rather than incarceration?

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I believe alternative programs for substance abuse or mental health are:

8. What are your personal concerns about Criminal Justice services in Pierce County?

9. How important do you believe it is to offer programs to people while they are incarcerated in the County Jail? (GED, Life Skills, Cognitive Skills training, 12 Step meetings, Behavioral intervention, etc.)

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Offering programs to those incarcerated in the county jail is:

10. How important do you believe it is to evaluate Criminal Justice policies and programs to determine if they are achieving their goals?

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I believe evaluation of our criminal justice policies and programs is:

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