Committees

The Lebanon County Criminal Justice Advisory Board forms standing and ad hoc committees to investigate a variety of topics in the criminal justice system. These committees are created because of circumstances that are presented to the Board that may require attention. They assist and enable the County to be proactive in its pursuit of proactive planning. The following list consists of the current standing committees that are active as a result of the work of the LCCJAB:

- Prison Overcrowding/Population
- D.U.I. Court
- Mental Health
- Veterans' Court
 

 Contact Information

 

Mr. John P. Shott
Criminal Justice Advisory Board Planner/Grant Coordinator
jshott@lebcnty.org

Phone:
(717) 273–1557 ext. 5177

Fax:
(717) 273–9378

 

 Prison Overcrowding/Population

 

This committee was formed to assist the Lebanon County Correctional Facility in examining the trends in its population growth and to determine potential solutions for overcrowding. Controlling expansion of the Correctional Facility’s population is not a unique issue to Lebanon. Prisons and Jails around the country are experiencing increases in the number of people they house and innovative solutions are continually needed to combat this predicament.

 

Committee Chair – Robert J. Karnes
Warden, Lebanon County Correctional Facility
 

 D.U.I. Court

 

Formed to tackle the issue of an increasing number of Driving Under the Influence (D.U.I.) arrests in Lebanon County, when the D.U.I. Court is initiated members of this committee will work with those individuals involved with functions of the court to ensure its on-going productivity and success. Also, other suggestions and solutions pertaining to reducing the number of D.U.I.’s in Lebanon County will be examined.

 

Committee Chair – Honorable John C. Tylwalk
President Judge, Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas
 

 Mental Health

 

Offenders with a mental health diagnosis offer unique challenges to everyone involved in the criminal justice system. Research nationwide has indicated assisting both the victims of crimes committed by these individuals and treating the Offenders with a mental illness is an intense process replete with rewards when agencies effectively work together. This in mind, the LCCJAB formed the Mental Health committee to ensure that empirically sound, best practice solutions are utilized in Lebanon County when creating new alternatives for working with this population.

 

Committee Chair – Kevin J. Schrum
Administrator, MH/ID/EI
 

 Veterans Court

 

This committee has been established to study the feasibility and benefits of establishing a special Veterans Treatment Court in Lebanon County. Several counties in our region—Berks, Lancaster, Dauphin, and York—have such courts in place in recognition of the increase in the number of veterans involved in the criminal justice system. Veterans Courts serve to divert eligible veteran offenders suffering from substance dependency or mental illness to a specialized program that provides them with needed treatment, counseling, mentoring, and intensive probation.  A Veterans' Court in Lebanon County should be in place and operating by the beginning of 2019.

 

Committee Chair - Honorable John C. Tylwalk
President Judge, Lebanon County Court of Common Pleas