Montana State Legislature

Criminal Justice Oversight Council

Next Scheduled Meeting:

January 18

State Capitol and Zoom

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The Criminal Justice Oversight Council is a bipartisan, interbranch body monitoring the implementation of Justice Reinvestment Initiative (or JRI) in the state. For more information or questions about the Council, please contact Milly Allen, Legislative Services Division, 406-444-3064.

2019-2020 Interim Meeting Materials

2017-2018 Interim Meeting Materials

The Criminal Justice Oversight Council is established by the 2017 Legislature to oversee implementation of legislation that revised the state's criminal justice system. The Council's duties and membership are provided in section 53-1-216, MCA. House Bill 73 (2021) requires the Legislative Services Division to provide staff support to the Council. 

List of 2021-2022 Members of the Council


Committee Members

October 27, 2021: Agenda - Summary Minutes (forthcoming) - Meeting Audio/Visual

September 29, 2021: AgendaMinutes - Meeting Audio/Visual

The Criminal Justice Oversight Council is tasked with studying criminal justice reform, including justice reinvestment, in Montana.  

Assigned Study

  • HJ 34: Interim study of pretrial diversion and presentence diversion agreements

The statutory duties of the Criminal Justice Oversight Council are outlined in 53-1-2016 MCA.

This page will be updated with committee legislation, if any, as the interim session progresses.

Administrative Materials

Operating Rules and Procedures , adopted by the council on September 29, 2021

Presiding Officers

Chair - Rep. Barry Usher

Vice Chair - Mr. Jimmy Patelis