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Mission & Objectives of the Justice Center Oversight Committee

In 2015, the Onondaga County Legislature passed a local law to create a jail oversight committee.  This panel of community members was convened in March 2016, and was authorized to review serious complaints and incidents that involve the Onondaga County Jail (known as the Justice Center).  The Committee was also authorized to generate related recommendations about Justice Center policy, procedure and training. 

Complaints may be submitted to this Justice Center Oversight Committee (JCOC) through the staff of the Onondaga County/Syracuse Human Rights Commission.  These staff empowered to investigate allegations that are considered serious according to the legislation that created the JCOC.  Complaints can be submitted by inmates, their family members or advocates via letter, using a Justice Center Complaint Form (click here for a copy of this form), or in person at the Human Rights Commission office in the basement of the Civic Center. 

The Justice Center Oversight Committee transmits its recommendations to the Sheriff, the County Executive, and to key leaders of the County Legislature, in order to assist them in preventing future incidents within the Justice Center.  These recommendations only address Justice Center policy, procedure and training; the JCOC does not make recommendations related to discipline of jail staff. 

Members & Meetings of the Justice Center Oversight Committee

The Justice Center Oversight Committee was convened in 2016, and has been meeting monthly since March 29, 2016.  It’s meetings are held at 5:30 pm on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  The business portion of each meeting is open to the public.

The current members of the JCOC include:

  • Marissa Joy Mims – Chair
  • Robert Slivinski – Vice Chair
  • Jo Anne Bakeman
  • Arthur Barksdale
  • Allan LaFlore
  • Dr. Dennis Nave
  • Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings Bey
  • Carlton Strail

The Executive Director of the Human Rights Commission, Barrie Gewanter, is also designated as the Administrator for the Justice Center Oversight Committee.  The staff of the Human Rights Commission also includes Human Rights Specialist Bridget Owens.

The Justice Center Oversight Committee meets monthly on the 1st Wednesday of each month.  Meetings begin at 5:30 pm.  Meeting locations are announced on a monthly basis.

In 2017 meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • January 4th
  • February 1st
  • March 1st
  • April 5th
  • May 3rd
  • June 7th
  • July TBA
  • August 2nd
  • September 6th
  • October 4th
  • November 1st
  • December 6th

Notice of Next JCOC Meeting:


The Members of the Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee will be meeting on April 5, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. in the Rosamund Gifford Community Room at 518 James St. Syracuse, NY 13203.  The business portion of this meeting will be open to the public.

 DATED: March 3, 2017

Barrie Gewanter, Administrator                                                             This notice is given in order to             
Onondaga County Justice Center Oversight Committee
                      comply with the Open Meetings Law


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