The full collection of resources available through the Data-Driven Justice Resource Library is provided here, including information on building community support, identifying high utilizers, using and sharing data, diverting to what, strengthening the pretrial system, funding and sustainability and webinars/call logs/other events. Learning from experts and peers is an important part of developing, planning, implementing and scaling successful data-driven justice strategies that address the needs of individuals who repeatedly cycle through jails, emergency rooms, shelters and other services and those who can safely remain in the community pending trial. Community leaders are encouraged to use these resources when pursing and launching data-driven justice initiatives in order to more effectively serve their community.
On this Data-Driven Justice call catch-up with Dr. Natalie Ortiz and Lynn Overmann. Learn about new resources from NACo on a wide range of topics, including building high functioning pretrial justice systems and reentry planning.
Through a culture of collaboration, Johnson County, Kan., has developed numerous systems and processes to help collect, share and use data on individuals who come into contact with their county’s justice and human services systems, including those with behavioral health needs.
In 2015, recognizing a need to relieve jail overcrowding and identify alternatives to jail for people with mental illnesses, Douglas County, Kan., leaders sought out policy and practice changes that could be put into place that would lead to better outcomes for their residents.
Fairfax County, Va., launched its Diversion First initiative in 2015 to offer alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illnesses and/or developmental disabilities who come into contact with the criminal justice system for low-level offenses.
Johnson County, Iowa, has been working on jail diversion since 2005 and has seen dramatic reductions in its jail population due to the foundation leaders created through the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) and other efforts.