The Justice Management Institute hosted a webinar with our partners at the National Association of Counties (NACo) this past September as part of our Smart Justice for Policymakers initiative with funding from the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The training session focused on building cohesion within local criminal justice systems to improve the allocation of resources and it was entitled From Silo to System: The Importance of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils. Elaine Borakove, President of JMI, led the 90-minute webinar that was viewed by more than 75 jurisdictions from across the country. Providing the perspective of local practitioners on system building were Kim Allen, Executive Director of the Louisville (KY) Metro Criminal Justice Commission, and Judy Shiprack, Multnomah County Commissioner (Portland, OR) and Co-Chair of Multnomah County’s Local Public Safety Coordinating Council. The recording and PowerPoint slides from the webinar are available through the NACo website.
JMI will team up with NACo again this December for a special presentation by Mike Jones, Director of Implementation at the Pretrial Justice Institute, at the NACo Board of Directors meeting in El Paso, Colorado. Chief District Court Judge David A. Bottger, 21st Judicial District in Colorado (Mesa, CO), will co-present on the topic of utilizing data to establish pretrial justice in local jurisdictions. This presentation promises to be very informative for counties interested in developing or enhancing pretrial services as both presenters helped shape bail reform in Colorado.
JMI is planning numerous training sessions in the coming months as part of the Smart Justice for Policymakers Initiative, including some highly interactive sessions on hot topic issues in criminal justice using Google Hangouts. These virtual forums will allow experts to interact directly with a small panel of county officials on common challenges occurring within local criminal justice systems and they may be watched by an unlimited number of viewers. More Information about the Google Hangout forums will be announced soon.