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NIC's Evidence-Based Decision Making Site, Mesa County, Wins National ‘Innovations in Criminal Justice’ Award
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The Mesa County Colorado Evidence-Based Pretrial Initiative has been chosen as one of eight programs serving as a model of a more efficient and effective justice system. The recipients of the 2015 “Innovations in Criminal Justice Award” were selected by the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Center for Court Innovation. The Innovations in Criminal Justice Summit started in 2011 in an effort to support practitioners in tackling the challenges related to shrinking budgets and rising costs and continues to feature cutting-edge criminal justice programs that can serve as models for practitioners around the country who seek to reduce crime and unnecessary incarceration.

The summit will highlight the eight 2015 Innovations in Criminal Justice award winners including (alphabetically):

  • Ashland, Oregon, Police Department’s “You Have Options” Sexual Assault Reporting Program,
  • Cook County (Chicago) State’s Attorney’s Office Deferred Prosecution Program,
  • Jackson County (Kansas City, Missouri) District Attorney’s Office and Police Department’s Violent Crime Reduction Initiative,
  • Mesa County Colorado Evidence-Based Pretrial Initiative,
  • Montgomery County (Pennsylvania) District Attorney’s Using Root Cause Analysis to Enhance Conviction Integrity,
  • Red Hook (Brooklyn, New York) Peacemaking Program,
  • San Francisco District Attorney’s Neighborhood Courts, and
  • Shelby County (Memphis, Tennessee) Public Defender’s Jericho Project.


The Mesa County Pretrial Initiative originated from participation in NIC’s Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative. In August 2010, Mesa County was one of seven sites selected as a result of their demonstration of collaboration among key policymakers, their track record of success in previous high-impact initiatives, and commitment to using research to guide sound decision making.

The purpose of this initiative is to equip criminal justice policymakers in local communities with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct and post-conviction reoffending. The initiative is grounded in two decades of research on the factors that contribute to criminal reoffending and the methods the justice system can employ to interrupt the cycle of reoffending.

Additional information about the Mesa County Initiative and Evidence-Based Decision Making in state and local criminal justice systems can be found at and

Posted Wed, Mar 18 2015 11:24 AM by Susan Powell


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