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Reduce Unnecessary Jail Use and Make Your County Safer EBDM at NACo 2016
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The National Institute of Corrections (NIC), in partnership with the Center for Effective Public Policy, built the Evidence-based Decision Making Initiative (EBDM) to create game-changing criminal justice system reform. NACo 2016 1

EBDM is a strategic and deliberate method of applying empirical knowledge and research-supported principles to justice system decisions made at the case, agency, and system level and seeks to equip criminal justice local and state policymakers with the information, processes, and tools that will result in measurable reductions of pretrial misconduct, post-conviction reoffending, and other forms of community harm resulting from crime.

Last week the National Association of Counties held their annual conference in Long Beach, CA. During the conference, Gregg Moore, county board chair from Eau Claire County, Wisconsin, one of NIC’s EBDM sites, was part of a panel on reducing unnecessary jail use. The other panelists were Ms. Julie Armstrong, Clerk of Court, Charleston County, S.C., and Ms. Paula Tokar, Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Population Management Bureau.

The drive for change in Eau Claire County came from a need for a new jail facility, but here was limited funding for the project. They decided to adopt the approach of being “smart on crime” rather than “tough on crime”. Mr. Moore highlighted some of the changes they made in their county which target the reduction of the jail population while protecting public safety. They implemented research-based processes including a pre-charge diversion program, releasing low-risk defendants without cash bail, and evidenced-based sentencing practices. These changes are helping them meet their goal to more effectively allocate and use criminal justice resources.

 

 

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Posted Fri, Jul 29 2016 11:55 AM by Elizabeth

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