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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 in English) or (click here for a copy of this form in Spanish), 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
  • Jeffrey Marier
  • Carlton Strail
  • Nicholas Paro
  • Dr. Jennifer Yolles
  • Dr. Najah Salaam Jennings Bey
  • Cassandra Jones Ingram

The following people served as members of the JCOC in 2016 - 2018:

  • Dominic Fruscello
  • Jo Anne Bakeman
  • Dr. Dennis Nave
  • Arthur Barksdale
  • Robert Slivinski
  • Allan LaFlore


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.  The business portion of these meetings are open to the public.  The January 2019 meeting will be held at the South Side Innovation Center at 2610 South Salina Street in Syracuse.  Subsequent meeting locations for 2019 are tba.

In 2019 meetings will be held on the following dates:

  • January 9th
  • February 6th
  • March 6th
  • April 3th
  • May 1st
  • June 5th
  • July Date TBA
  • August 7th
  • September 4th
  • October 2nd
  • November 6th
  • December 4th





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