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 County have asked JMI to build on the City of Charlottesville’s ongoing work to reduce disproportionality, stemming from its Taskforce Report on Disproportionate Minority Contact in the Juvenile Justice System. JMI’s review of the adult criminal justice system is more comprehensive, looking at both the County and City justice systems. (Read more)
A joint City and County steering committee will work with JMI to address several key questions:
- At what points in the criminal justice system is racial disproportionality most pronounced for defendants?
- What policies, practices, or organizational culture contribute to disproportionality?
- How do these issues affect perceived fairness of the criminal justice system?
- Where can the most significant changes be made to eliminate any disparities found?
Upon the completion of thorough data analysis, JMI will assist the City and County to define targeted strategies to improve equity in their criminal justice systems.