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NACo's Criminal Justice Programs provide technical assistance to counties through educational programming on a range of issues addressing local corrections systems from pre-trial services to local re-entry initiatives. These programs are dedicated to assisting counties with exploring opportunities for efficient and effective use of public dollars. 

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Maeghan Gilmore, MPH
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​​​ ​​​NACo & Models for Change Juvenile Justice Forum
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Juvenile Justice Reform:
​Impl​ementing Change and Improving Outcomes
May 7-9, 2014 | Cook County, IL​​

Click here for more information and to register for the event.​

 
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NACo's 2013 County Solutions and Idea Marketplace: The Annual Conference of the National Association of Counties
Presentations: Courts Subcommittee -- Juvenile Justice Subcommitee -- Creating an Efficient Justice System through Your County's Courts -- To Build or Not to Build...a New Jail
Our 78th Annual Conference and Exposition provided an opportunity for county leaders and staff to learn, network and guide the direction of the association.

The Better Futures Model: Improving Employment Opportunities and Outcomes for Justice-Involved Individuals
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Each year seven million individuals are released from local jails and returned to local communities. Assisting with their employment needs can reduce recidivism and ease in the re-entry process. Better Futures Minnesota, a social enterprise in Hennepin County (Minneapolis), MN, is helping to create jobs, achieve better results and reduce public spending for individuals returning to communities from jail or prison.

Front-End Justice Reform: The Role of Risk Assessments in Cost-Saving Justice Reform
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How can counties safely reduce jail populations and save county taxpayer dollars? Find out how your county can create and validate a risk-assessment instrument tailored to your jurisdiction's needs and discover best practices counties have used to overcome common implementation barriers.

Supportive Housing: What You Need to Know About Getting Started
Recording and Presentations
Find out how counties are using the Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) supportive housing model to reduce costs and break the cycle of incarceration and homelessness among individuals with behavioral health needs.

Smart Justice Practices for Counties: Effective Behavioral Health Interventions
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County correctional systems are increasingly challenged in their efforts to meet the needs of justice-involved individuals with mental health and substance use issues. Learn more about promising and successful models for diverting mentally ill individuals into comprehensive crisis care services and supporting the behavioral health needs ot ex-offenders reentering the community.

Creating Supportive Housing Initiatives in Your County
Presentations
NACo held a 1.5 day forum June 7-8, 2012 which explored how counties can advance supportive housing initiatives for individuals involved in the criminal justice system.

Diagnosing Your Criminal Justice System: Identifying Approaches, Issues and Priorities
Recording and Presentations
Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (CJCCs) enable justice system stakeholders to convene and create system improvements. Learn how to diagnose your system, make use of your data and overcome challenges.

Kentucky Justice Reform: Enhancing Public Safety and Improving Performance
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Find out how Kentucky's data-driven reforms to the state and local justice systems strengthened probation and parole, and reinvested in community intervention resources.

Linking Justice-Involved Individuals with Supportive Housing
Recording and Presentations
Learn how the Frequent Users Systems Engagement (FUSE) supportive housing model can help break the cycle of incarceration and homelessness among individuals with behavioral health needs.

Our ability to carry out these program activities is supported by grants from the following organizations:

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Justice and Public Safety
BJA Grant to Provide Funding for Counties to Improve Pretrial Justice Systems

Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
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The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) recently announced that is it seeking applications for its Smart Pretrial Demonstration Initiative (SPDI). The SPDI grant program seeks to build upon analysis-driven, evidence-based pretrial justice by encouraging local jurisdictions to effectively implement risk assessment and appropriate supervision and/or diversion strategies targeting pretrial outcomes within their jurisdictions. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on May 27, 2014.  Click here to view the solicitation.

Leading up to the application deadline, NACo, in partnership with BJA and the Pretrial Justice Institute, will provide assistance in understanding the key elements of the project and the application process. An informational video will be available ...

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8 days ago

NACo’s Juvenile Justice Forum: Implementing Change and Improving Outcomes

​Written by Kathy Rowings​, NACo Justice Associate.
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​Did you know that 70 percent of kids in the juvenile justice system suffer from mental health disorders? Or that most youth who are arrested will not reoffend, and that incarcerating low-risk youth can actually increase their chances of committing another crime?

Are you interested in learning more about what’s really going on in the juvenile justice system, and how your county can make its system more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate?

Come to NACo’s forum on Juvenile Justice Reform: Implementing Change and Improving Outcomes May 7-9 in Cook County, Ill., to learn much more (often surprising!) information about the juvenile justice system and how your county can enhance its own ...

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2 weeks ago

​​(NACo Podcasts) Using Informed Pretrial Decision Making to Improve Outcomes II

Produced by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
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NACo Podcasts offer a new way to learn about all things counties.  The podcasts tell the stories of innovative local governments, cover new best practices, and provide updates on the issues critical to counties.

In this podcast, we talk with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of pretrial risk assessment tools – much like the determinations your insurance company makes about your driving safety when setting your policy terms – can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part one of a two-part series (see part one here​) on the pretrial jus...

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6 weeks ago

​​(NACo Podcasts) Using Informed Pretrial Decision Making to Improve Outcomes I

Produced by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
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NACo Podcasts offer a new way to learn about all things counties.  The podcasts tell the stories of innovative local governments, cover new best practices, and provide updates on the issues critical to counties.

In the inaugural podcast, we talk with the Pretrial Justice Institute (PJI) about the problems with the current pretrial justice system and how the use of pretrial risk assessment tools – much like the determinations your insurance company makes about your driving safety when setting your policy terms– can save your county money and increase public safety. This podcast serves as part one of a two-part series (see part two here​) on the pretria...

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6 weeks ago

Phases of FUSE: Planning and Implementing Successful Supportive Housing

​Written by Kathy Rowings, NACo Justice Associate.
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Did you know that individuals who are released from jail without housing are:

  • Seven times more likely to violate parole;
  • More likely to suffer from mental illness or substance abuse issues; and
  • Face increased rates of unemployment, risk of re-arrest and risk of relapsing into substance abuse?

From those statistics alone, it is easy to see how the cycle of incarceration and homelessness and back again is hard to break for individuals and costly for counties. As the provider of many services used by those stuck in this cycle (jails, shelters and emergency rooms, to name a few), counties can see substantial savings and improved human outcomes by providing support...

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7 weeks ago


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