Justice Project Oversight and Planning (JPOP) Committee

Purpose

The Justice Project Oversight and Planning (JPOP) Committee monitors Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force (IPRTF) and County progress toward Implementation Plan goals, ensures robust public engagement and communications, contributes to the Task Force's annual report to the County Council, and recommends periodic updates to the Implementation Plan. 

Meetings 

Meeting schedule to be determined. 

Members 

The Justice Project Oversight and Planning Committee will include the following community member positions to be appointed by the County Council: 

  • Behavioral health provider
  • Substance use disorder (SUD) treatment provider
  • Criminal legal system users (2 positions)
  • Supportive housing subject matter expert
  • Reentry specialist 
  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Paramedic 

The Justice Project Oversight and Planning Committee will also have the following permanent positions assigned by and representing their agency: 

  • Lummi Nation 
  • Nooksack Indian Tribe
  • Whatcom County Councilmember 
  • Whatcom County Executive
  • Whatcom County Sheriff
  • Public Defender 
  • Bellingham Mayor 
  • Bellingham City Councilmember
  • Representative of the small cities in Whatcom County 
  • IPRTF Chair(s)

Vacancies

See the list of current vacancies

Term Information 

2-year and 3-year terms 

Function 

The Justice Project Oversight and Planning Committee is a subcommittee of the IPRTF. The committee provides guidance to the IPRTF/Law & Justice Council (LJC) to monitor the progress of the Implementation Plan through preparation of an annual progress report on Plan goals to be included as part of the IPRTF/LJC annual report. The committee also recommends updates to the Implementation Plan at least every five years and identifies metrics for performance accountability related to each project. In addition, the Justice Project Oversight and Advisory Committee provides guidance to the IPRTF/LJC on advising the Whatcom County Council and Whatcom County Executive regarding the appropriate level of resources needed for the IPRTF/LJC to fulfill its planning, community consultation, and oversight charge.  

Additional Information 

Incarceration Prevention and Reduction Task Force 

Justice Project Implementation Plan