Criminal Justice Oversight Commissions

The following chart provides an inventory of the commissions and task forces created pursuant to the new criminal justice reform law.

AreaSubarea/EffectBill Section(s)Summary
CrimesStanding forensic science commission9Creates a forensic science commission to provide enhanced, objective and independent auditing and oversight of forensic evidence used in criminal matters and state and municipal laboratory analysis text »
DataConsolidated data oversight board13Establishes an oversight board to monitor and ensure that the goals of the justice reinvestment policies relative to data collection and public availability are achieved text »
Juvenile JusticeTask force for trauma informed juvenile care17Creates a task force to study gender responsive and trauma-informed approaches to treatment services for juveniles and youthful offenders in the juvenile justice system. text »
DataJuvenile Justice Commission and data specifications80Creates a juvenile justice policy and data board. text »
Restrictive Housing39G: Oversight Commission93Establishes a restrictive housing oversight committee to gather information regarding the use of segregation text »
DiversionRestorative Justice202Establishes eligibility for community-based restorative justice programs prior to conviction or adjudication, sets limits on how participation in such a program can be used in other proceedings, and creates a restorative justice advisory committee. text »
Fees and FinesNew special fees and fines commission217Establishes a special commission to study the ability of a defendant to pay fines and fees. text »
Prison programmingLGBTQ prisoner health commission218Establishes a special commission to study the health and safety of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex prisoners. text »
Prison programmingCorrectional Officer Suicide Task Force219Establishes a special commission to study the prevention of suicide among correctional officers. text »
Bail ReformBail Reform Commission220Establishes a special commission to study bail reform. text »
Raising the AgeTask force to study treatment/impact of emerging adults in the court and correctional system.221Creates a task force to study treatment/impact of emerging adults in the court and correctional system. text »
Justice-Involved WomenPanel on justice involved women223Creates a panel on justice-involved women. text »
DiversionMiddlesex County restoration center commission225Creates a Middlesex restoration center commission. text »
CrimesCommission on qualifications of SDP practitioners226Establishes a special commission to review the qualifications and scope of practice of qualified examiners of sexually dangerous persons. text »

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