Committees & Signature Projects
Basic pageAll matters pertaining to criminal justice and public safety systems, including criminal justice planning, law enforcement, courts, corrections, homeland security, community crime prevention, juvenile justice and delinquency prevention, emergency management, fire prevention and control, and civil disturbances.
Basic pageNACo's Smart Justice efforts aim to build knowledge and capacity for successful justice policies and practices among the nation’s counties.
Basic pageThe Safety and Justice Challenge provides support to local leaders from across the country who are working to safely reduce overincarceration in jails, more effectively use taxpayer resources and protect public safety
Basic pageThe Data-Driven Justice initiative represents a growing network of counties that are reducing incarceration by developing strategies to identify frequent users of jails, hospitals, homeless shelters and other crisis and emergency services and divert them to effective, community-based treatment and care.
Reports & ToolkitsA joint report from the National Association of Counties and National League of Cities explores how cities and counties can combat the opioid epidemic.
NACo's 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.
The Stepping Up Initiative, a joint intiative between NACo, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and the American Psychiatric Association Foundation, helps advance counties’ efforts to reduce the number of adults with mental and co-occurring substance use disorders in jails.