Executive Director, Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, Lucas County, Ohio
Holly Matthews is the executive director of the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC), a unit of local government that provides criminal justice planning and integrated criminal justice system to 254 criminal justice agencies. In that role, she oversees a staff of 45 and a budget of $3.8 million. Under her leadership, CJCC has adopted a focus on reentry and has received $1.2 million in federal funding to assist adult and juvenile ex-offenders returning from jail or prison to Lucas County.
In recognition for her focus on increased cross-system information sharing, Matthews was invited to participate in two workshops on data-driven justice at the White House and selected as one of 25 participants to attend the Behavioral Health Criminal Justice Leadership Academy. Along with other Lucas County leaders, she presented on “A Local Community’s Efforts to Reduce Jail Incarceration and Criminal Justice Racial Disparities” at the University of Michigan’s College of Law’s Innocent Until Proven Poor symposium.