Providing Collaborative Assistance under the Safety and Justice Challenge

Collaboration among technical assistance providers is a hallmark of the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC). Beginning November 2017, JMI will coordinate with Justice System Partners (JSP) to support major bail reform efforts in Cook County, Illinois, one of the 20 SJC implementation sites. In July 2017, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans issued an order “to ensure that …

Aimee WickmanProviding Collaborative Assistance under the Safety and Justice Challenge

JMI to Continue Working with the Safety and Justice Challenge

JMI is happy to announce the continuation of its work with the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC). Over the past two years, JMI has provided technical assistance to five SJC sites, selected from nearly 200 applicants through a competitive process, to engage in a robust planning and implementation process to significantly reduce local jail populations and address racial and ethnic …

Aimee WickmanJMI to Continue Working with the Safety and Justice Challenge

JMI’s Newest Program Director

Spend enough time working in the criminal justice field and you’re likely to encounter certain names over and over again as the “go to people” for assistance. Spurgeon “Kenny” Kennedy is one of those people, which is why we are so pleased to introduce him as JMI’s newest Program Director. Kenny will be joining the JMI team this month and …

Aimee WickmanJMI’s Newest Program Director

JMI Assisting Clark County, Nevada in Establishing a CJCC

JMI was selected by the U.S. Office of Justice Programs Diagnostic Center to provide technical assistance to Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas) in establishing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC).  JMI recently guided a group of stakeholders, which included representatives from the judiciary, law enforcement, prosecution, and defense counsel, in creating an organizational structure for the new council and drafting …

Aimee WickmanJMI Assisting Clark County, Nevada in Establishing a CJCC

NNCJCC Meeting Held in Hennepin County

JMI was proud to convene the annual meeting of the National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils (NNCJCC) on June 26-27, 2017 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  With the generous support of Hennepin County and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, the two-day meeting provided attendees with peer-to-peer learning opportunities and discussion of issues most relevant to criminal justice coordinating councils (CJCCs) …

Aimee WickmanNNCJCC Meeting Held in Hennepin County

City of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Team Up to Study Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

JMI has partnered with the City of Charlottesville and the surrounding County of Albemarle to review the criminal justice systems serving this community, with the intention of measuring the degree to which black residents are over-represented in the criminal justice system, and the factors that contribute to racial disproportionality. Supported by a $100,000 Byrne Justice Assistance Grant, the City and …

Aimee WickmanCity of Charlottesville and Albemarle County Team Up to Study Racial and Ethnic Disparity in the Criminal Justice System

50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder

The Criminal Justice Policy Program (CJPP) at Harvard Law School recently released a Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder to bring transparency to the system of fees and fines in the criminal justice system. The Reform Builder provides easy access to state laws that govern fines and fees and possible policy solutions.  The tool allows users to review national criminal justice …

Aimee Wickman50-State Criminal Justice Debt Reform Builder

Public Opinion Poll Findings on Jails

As the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) is entering its second year of supporting efforts to change the way America thinks about and uses jails, a new nationwide poll indicates the country understands the negative impact of the overuse and inappropriate uses of jails on individuals, families, the community, and the nation. The …

Aimee WickmanPublic Opinion Poll Findings on Jails

Client Choice Program in Comal County, Texas

In 2013, the Texas Indigent Defense Commission (TIDC) and the Comal County, Texas District and County criminal court took unprecedented steps to explore how the right to choose counsel might be extended to indigent defendants and what the impacts might be on defendants and the criminal justice system overall. Over the course of the next few years, the Client Choice …

Aimee WickmanClient Choice Program in Comal County, Texas

Richmond, California’s Early Representation Program

In January of this year, the Justice Management Institute began working with the Contra Costa County Office of the Public Defender to facilitate strategic planning and evaluate its Early Representation Program (EarlyRep) in Richmond, California. EarlyRep is a program designed to provide immediate representation for persons with misdemeanor offenses – before their cases are heard in court – in order …

Aimee WickmanRichmond, California’s Early Representation Program