A major focus of JMI’s work is providing a forum for practitioners and policymakers to learn from each other and to tackle systemic issues in a peer-to-peer learning environment. The result is the creation of both on-going formal and informal networks of practitioners.
Over the years, JMI has convened a number of these networks including:
- The National Network of Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils, our newest network funded in 2010, to provide a central place for the leaders and senior staff of local criminal justice coordinating councils to share information and ideas about common problems and promising approaches to addressing these problems.
- The Urban Court Managers Network, on-going since 1997, to help strengthen the ability of leaders in large urban trial court to work more effectively - with each other, with key justice system policy makers, and with practitioners in their own jurisdictions - to improve justice operations.
- The Rural Courts Improvement Network, on-going since 2008, to strengthen the ability of state court systems and rural court leaders to improve court operations in rural areas by emphasizing the sharing of information and ideas about promising approaches and practices, and fostering peer-to-peer learning among court system leaders at the state and local levels.
- The Trial Court Research and Improvement Consortium, funded from 1999 through 2002, designed to bring together a group of trial courts to conceive, sponsor, and conduct research in areas of critical importance to further the accumulate knowledge about the operation of state trial courts. The intent was for the participating courts can use that knowledge to develop their own research capabilities, improve their operations, and stimulate the improvement of trial courts nationwide.