What we do
The Office of Criminal Justice (OCJ) advances the Kenney administration’s goals for violence prevention, criminal justice reform, and service to formerly incarcerated individuals by developing partnerships between City agencies, criminal justice partners, nonprofit organizations, and community members.
OCJ also supports these departments and programs:
- Philadelphia Police Department
- Philadelphia Department of Prisons
- Police Advisory Commission
- Office of Reintegration Services
- Counsel Fee Unit
- Youth Violence Reduction Partnership
- Focused Deterrence
- Safety and Justice Challenge
OCJ serves as the mayor’s appointee to Philadelphia County’s Criminal Justice Advisory Board (CJAB) and is the point of contact for various local, state, and federal justice partners.
1401 John F. Kennedy Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Vanessa Garrett Harley, Esq. oversees several City agencies in the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Cabinet, including the Office of Violence Prevention, Office of Criminal Justice, Office of Reentry Partnerships, Philadelphia Department of Prisons, and the Department of Licenses and Inspections among others. She also works closely with the Police and Fire Departments as both are part of the public safety cabinet.
Garrett Harley provides direct oversight of the Philadelphia Roadmap to Safer Communities (the Roadmap); the City’s comprehensive strategy for gun violence prevention and reduction. The Roadmap uses a public health approach to violence prevention which relies on science and data to better understand the problem and allocate City services to respond and intervene. Deputy Managing Director Garrett Harley also co-chairs the Executive Level Roadmap Implementation Team with the Police Commissioner.
Previously, Garrett Harley was the Chair of the Social Services Group in the Philadelphia Law Department. In that capacity, she managed the Child Welfare Unit, the Health and Adult Services Unit and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) Unit. Garrett Harley joined the Child Welfare Unit in 2002 and was promoted to Divisional Deputy City Solicitor in 2003 and ultimately to Chair in 2007. Prior to working in the Child Welfare Unit, she was a Deputy City Solicitor in the Major Trials Division of the Claims Unit of the Law Department.
In October 2010, Garrett Harley assumed the position of Deputy Commissioner of the Children and Youth Division in the Department of Human Services. In August 2014, Garrett Harley was appointed as the Commissioner of DHS. A lifelong Philadelphian, Garrett Harley is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a dual major in Government (Public Administration) and Sociology; she received her Juris Doctorate from Temple University School of Law.