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Reducing Jail Populations: A Virtual Learning Series

Dec. 5, 2022 – Apr. 6, 2023
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    Reducing Jail Populations: A Virtual Learning Series

    County officials are implementing data-driven and evidence-based policies, practices and programs to decrease jail populations, reduce associated costs and meet the social and safety needs of communities. Annually, county jails process 8 million admissions and spend $29 billion on correctional facilities. The Pew Charitable Trusts reported in 2021 that county corrections costs increased 521 percent from 1977 to 2017.  

    Through collaborative efforts such as local public safety planning boards or criminal justice coordinating councils, counties are looking at data from various departments and entities to identify factors that drive jail population growth and exploring solutions to improve outcomes.  

    Common drivers of jail populations include:  

    • Pretrial length of stay 
    • Technical violations of community supervision  
    • Bookings and/or arrests, especially for low-level charges such as misdemeanors and warrants, and 
    • Recidivism. 

    Counties are also increasingly using data to identify and reduce or eliminate racial disparities in their criminal legal systems.  

    In October 2022, NACo released its County Guide to Reducing Jail Populations and Costs, a web-based toolkit with key policies, practices and county examples for addressing local drivers of jail populations. Join NACo for a five-part virtual learning series that outlines key policies to address these drivers and features communities implementing impactful solutions that promote racial equity and reduce jail populations.

    Webinars in this series include:  

    Reducing Jail Populations: Jail Data Initiative Demonstration

    December 5 | 3 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
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    When determining local jail population drivers, counties may choose to look at neighboring counties’ data or others within their state and/or nationally as comparisons. The Jail Data Initiative (JDI) at New York University, in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, is gathering data on jail populations around the country. Using online data rosters from roughly a third of the jails in the United States, the project analyzes daily populations, lengths of stay, charge and demographic profiles of people incarcerated, admissions, release statistics and more. The tool can also help communities identify racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal legal system. Join this webinar for a demonstration of the JDI platform and learn how your county can use the platform to inform local justice decisions.

    Moderator:

    Nina Ward, Senior Program Manager for Behavioral Health and Justice, National Association of Counties

    Speakers: 

    Kyleigh Clark-Moorman, PhD, Principle Associate, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts 

    Orion Junius Taylor, Lead Data Scientist, NYU Public Safety Lab 

    Reducing Jail Populations: Decreasing Pretrial Length of Stay by Improving Court Proceedings and Pretrial Services and Supervision

    January 5, 2022 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
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    Reducing length of stay during the pretrial period will decrease jail populations and allow people to return to the community more quickly to assist with their defense and continue working, attending school, caring for their families and other obligations. Counties can reduce length of stay by shortening case processing times and creating alternatives to pretrial detention. 

    Moderator: 

    Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

    Speakers: 

    Peggy Galloway, Director, Jefferson County Diversion Services

    Reducing Jail Populations: Revisiting Technical Violations of Community Supervision to Decrease Jail Admissions and Length of Stay

    February 2, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
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    Reducing the number of people in jail for technical violations can help decrease jail populations and improve outcomes and compliance with supervision conditions. Counties can reduce this kind of incarceration by reducing case processing times and implementing specialized caseloads. 

    Moderator: 

    Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

    Speakers: 

    Reducing Jail Populations: Decreasing Bookings and/or Arrests through Diversion, Citations and Warrant Avoidance and Resolution

    March 2, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
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    Reducing the number of people arrested and booked into jails for low-level offenses and misdemeanors through diversion and citations, as well as outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court or not paying fines and fees, can help decrease jail populations by reserving detention beds for people who are a risk to public safety or a serious flight risk. This can also improve outcomes for individuals by keeping them connected to their communities.  

    Moderator: 

    Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

    Speakers: 

    Tracy Velázquez, Senior Manager, Safety & Justice, The Pew Charitable Trusts 

    Reducing Jail Populations: Lowering Recidivism through Jail- and Community-Based Treatment and Services

    April 6, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT
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    Reducing recidivism through effective jail- and community-based services can decrease jail admissions and populations and improve outcomes for people with criminal histories.

    Moderator: 

    Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

    Speakers: 

    County officials are implementing data-driven and evidence-based policies, practices and programs to decrease jail populations, reduce associated costs and meet the social and safety needs of communities.
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County officials are implementing data-driven and evidence-based policies, practices and programs to decrease jail populations, reduce associated costs and meet the social and safety needs of communities. Annually, county jails process 8 million admissions and spend $29 billion on correctional facilities. The Pew Charitable Trusts reported in 2021 that county corrections costs increased 521 percent from 1977 to 2017.  

Through collaborative efforts such as local public safety planning boards or criminal justice coordinating councils, counties are looking at data from various departments and entities to identify factors that drive jail population growth and exploring solutions to improve outcomes.  

Common drivers of jail populations include:  

  • Pretrial length of stay 
  • Technical violations of community supervision  
  • Bookings and/or arrests, especially for low-level charges such as misdemeanors and warrants, and 
  • Recidivism. 

Counties are also increasingly using data to identify and reduce or eliminate racial disparities in their criminal legal systems.  

In October 2022, NACo released its County Guide to Reducing Jail Populations and Costs, a web-based toolkit with key policies, practices and county examples for addressing local drivers of jail populations. Join NACo for a five-part virtual learning series that outlines key policies to address these drivers and features communities implementing impactful solutions that promote racial equity and reduce jail populations.

Webinars in this series include:  

Reducing Jail Populations: Jail Data Initiative Demonstration

December 5 | 3 - 3:30 p.m. EDT

When determining local jail population drivers, counties may choose to look at neighboring counties’ data or others within their state and/or nationally as comparisons. The Jail Data Initiative (JDI) at New York University, in partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts, is gathering data on jail populations around the country. Using online data rosters from roughly a third of the jails in the United States, the project analyzes daily populations, lengths of stay, charge and demographic profiles of people incarcerated, admissions, release statistics and more. The tool can also help communities identify racial and ethnic disparities in the local criminal legal system. Join this webinar for a demonstration of the JDI platform and learn how your county can use the platform to inform local justice decisions.

Moderator:

Nina Ward, Senior Program Manager for Behavioral Health and Justice, National Association of Counties

Speakers: 

Kyleigh Clark-Moorman, PhD, Principle Associate, Public Safety Performance Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts 

Orion Junius Taylor, Lead Data Scientist, NYU Public Safety Lab 

Reducing Jail Populations: Decreasing Pretrial Length of Stay by Improving Court Proceedings and Pretrial Services and Supervision

January 5, 2022 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT

Reducing length of stay during the pretrial period will decrease jail populations and allow people to return to the community more quickly to assist with their defense and continue working, attending school, caring for their families and other obligations. Counties can reduce length of stay by shortening case processing times and creating alternatives to pretrial detention. 

Moderator: 

Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

Speakers: 

Peggy Galloway, Director, Jefferson County Diversion Services

Reducing Jail Populations: Revisiting Technical Violations of Community Supervision to Decrease Jail Admissions and Length of Stay

February 2, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT

 

Reducing the number of people in jail for technical violations can help decrease jail populations and improve outcomes and compliance with supervision conditions. Counties can reduce this kind of incarceration by reducing case processing times and implementing specialized caseloads. 

Moderator: 

Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

Speakers: 

Reducing Jail Populations: Decreasing Bookings and/or Arrests through Diversion, Citations and Warrant Avoidance and Resolution

March 2, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT

Reducing the number of people arrested and booked into jails for low-level offenses and misdemeanors through diversion and citations, as well as outstanding warrants for failing to appear in court or not paying fines and fees, can help decrease jail populations by reserving detention beds for people who are a risk to public safety or a serious flight risk. This can also improve outcomes for individuals by keeping them connected to their communities.  

Moderator: 

Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

Speakers: 

Tracy Velázquez, Senior Manager, Safety & Justice, The Pew Charitable Trusts 

Reducing Jail Populations: Lowering Recidivism through Jail- and Community-Based Treatment and Services

April 6, 2023 | 2 - 3 p.m. EDT

Reducing recidivism through effective jail- and community-based services can decrease jail admissions and populations and improve outcomes for people with criminal histories.

Moderator: 

Nastassia Walsh, Director of Programs and Operations, Counties Futures Lab, National Association of Counties 

Speakers: