Smart Justice

The National Association of Counties’ (NACo) Smart Justice efforts aim to build knowledge and capacity for successful justice policies and practices among the nation’s counties. Smart Justice projects enhance partnerships among public, private and philanthropic leaders along with national experts to promote safer communities and utilize taxpayer money more effectively and efficiently.

Projects engage county officials, national thought leaders and partners across the country by:

  • Promoting evidence-based, data-driven local justice policies and practices throughout the nation’s counties;
  • Taking a leadership role in exploring and implementing local justice reforms;
  • Developing strategies to save counties money while creating safer communities; and
  • Providing education and assistance to counties to assess their adult and juvenile systems to explore opportunities for efficient and effective use of public dollars.

Initiative Resources


Juvenile Justice Action Academy

The National Association of Counties will host a convening October 21-23, 2015, in Cook County, Ill., to bring together teams of county officials and local partners to learn about best practices in serving justice-involved youth in contact with the behavioral health and/or child welfare system(s) and to create action plans to increase collaboration and coordination of services in their communities. The Action Academy will also allow these teams to learn with and from peers from across the country and will connect team members with experts and resources on juvenile justice reform. ​ Learn more.


Kathy Rowings
Program Manager

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