The Law and Courts in Four Countries

A Series in Three Parts (click here to download) By: Tim Dibble, Vice President, The Justice Management Institute Part 1 – Legal Systems and Culture Part 2 – Judges, Lawyers, and Clerks Part 3 – Procedure Part 1 – Legal Systems and Culture “The legal system is often a mystery, and we, its priests, preside over rituals baffling to everyday …

Aimee WickmanThe Law and Courts in Four Countries

Risk Assessment Validation in Shelby County, TN

Evidence-based decision-making is a priority for many justice systems, especially those in the Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC). One of the most popular of these techniques is actuarial risk assessment at the pretrial stage to help inform judicial bail decisions. According to proponents, an empirical assessment of individual defendant risk can help judicial officers identify those that can be released …

Aimee WickmanRisk Assessment Validation in Shelby County, TN

Happy New Year to the JMI community.  Along with the dawn of a new year, we are thrilled to also be celebrating the 25th year of JMI! In the fall of 1992, what is now the Justice Management Institute was first envisioned.  This new non-profit organization, then called The Court Management Group, was created by small group of justice system …

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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