The Criminal Justice Planner performs professional and technical work involving the advancement of Justice Services programs and services. Work involves meeting facilitation, data and policy analysis, legal, scientific and statistical research, oral and written presentations, management of short-term and long-term projects, collection and distribution of information, and consultation with local criminal justice system stakeholders. Serves as staff support to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and CJCC committees.

  • Researches, analyzes, develops, and evaluates evidence-based and innovative planning recommendations regarding criminal justice matters. Identifies gaps and deficiencies in the criminal justice system and makes recommendations to address service gaps.
  • Analyzes past and current El Paso County justice involved populations and offending patterns. Designs, implements, and evaluates strategies to address system and population needs. Recommends crime prevention and intervention programs and strategies that will help reduce recidivism.
  • Reviews and provides information on evidence-based or best practices, published statistical reports, and locally generated analyses.
  • Collects, analyzes, and interprets information and data from criminal justice and other public agencies.
  • Compares information from multiple sources and nationwide research, generates reports, and makes forecasts to identify policy and programmatic changes to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the criminal justice system.
  • Evaluates proposed legislation impacting the criminal justice system in our region; provides interpretation and consultation to the CJCC, County departments, and stakeholders on the impact of potential changes to policy or regulations.
  • Facilitates stakeholder and partner engagement and collaboration to enhance opportunities, objectives, and outcomes, and reduce duplication of efforts. Includes establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with members of legal, law enforcement, and other criminal justice agencies, as well as community service and treatment providers.
  • Assists on special projects developed by the CJCC and its member agencies. Provides project and meeting management support functions including developing agendas and meeting notes, progress tracking, completing directives, and evaluating outcomes, impacts, and return on investment.
  • Assists with providing subject matter and data for grant applications and in grant writing.
  • Trains justice system personnel in data collection/management and program design and evaluation methods. Develops and oversees the implementation of standards for criminal justice system employees to ensure consistency in program design and delivery.
  • Participates in national, regional, state, and local justice associations and presents at professional conferences.

Alexis Harper is a Doctor of Criminology who graduated from The University of Texas at Dallas. She has oriented her career around working with academia, local governments, and various community initiatives and organizations to improve resident education, safety, and health. While living in Dallas she worked at the Institute for Urban Policy Research with a multitude of community partners to address numerous community and population risks and needs. After relocating to South Texas, Dr. Harper became an Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice at Texas A&M International University on the border to Mexico in Laredo, working with minority students and local and federal law enforcement agencies. In 2018, she relocated to Colorado Springs to begin a new career and adventure as the Criminal Justice Planner with El Paso County, Colorado. She also teaches as an Adjunct Professor within the Criminal Justice Program at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs.
Her primary focus in research is dedicated to promoting and implementing evidence-based practices and policies to reduce the impact of crime and crime correlates on communities. This includes the macro-level study of communities and the effects of issues such as blight, poverty, lack of proper healthcare, resource deprivation in general, and especially crime. Dr. Harper devotes time to help promote well-being, growth, and prosperity within disadvantaged and under-resourced communities, and cares deeply about contributing to her own community. She also loves living and Jeeping in Colorado’s great outdoors.

Alexis Harper, Ph.D.
Criminal Justice Planner
El Paso County, Colorado
Community Services Department
Justice Services Division