Our mission is to continuously address, improve, sustain and enhance public safety in the State of Arizona through the coordination, cohesiveness and effectiveness of the Criminal Justice System.
The Arizona Criminal Justice Commission is a statutorily authorized entity mandated
to carry out various coordinating, monitoring and reporting functions regarding
the administration and management of criminal justice programs in Arizona. In accordance
with statutory guidelines, the Commission is comprised of 19 members who represent various
elements of the criminal justice system in Arizona. Fourteen of the 19 Commissioners are appointed
by the governor and are municipal, county or elected officials. The remaining five are state criminal
justice agency heads. Appointed Commissioners serve for two years and terminate when the first regular
session of the legislature is convened; they may be re-appointed.
ACJC was created in 1982 to serve as a resource and service organization for
Arizona's 480 criminal justice agencies on a myriad of issues ranging from
drugs, gangs, victim compensation and assistance to criminal record improvement
initiatives. The ACJC works on behalf of the criminal justice agencies in
Arizona to facilitate information and data exchange among state-wide agencies
by establishing and maintaining criminal justice information archives,
monitoring new and continuing legislation relating to criminal justice issues
and gathering information and researching existing criminal justice programs.