Strategic Planning and System Assessment

Globe_Puzzle -- iStock_000002687820SmallOne of JMI’s hallmarks is not only helping justice systems “do the right thing” but also helping them to “do it right.” To do this, courts and other justice agencies must be able to think strategically about what their long-term vision is for the administration of justice, and then using data, to critically plan for how best to achieve the vision. JMI’s approach to strategic planning focuses on helping courts, prosecutors, defense agencies, and other parts of the justice system identify specific, quantifiable goals that support the vision as well as diagnosing where there may be policy or operational changes needed to reach the goals.

Technical Assistance

JMI provides technical assistance to courts, prosecutors, defense agencies, and criminal justice coordinating councils to facilitate the strategic planning process and to diagnose policy or operational inefficiencies in order to recommend systemic changes to improve the administration of justice and help justice systems reach their goals.

Strategic Plan Development. JMI experts work collaboratively with criminal justice coordinating councils, courts, prosecutors, and defense agencies to define vision, mission, goals, and objectives. In-person meetings and planning sessions help JMI and those with whom they are working prepare strategic plans of various lengths—ranging from one year plans to multi-year plans—along with recommendations for implementation of the plan.

Operational Assessments and Planning. Many of the agencies with which JMI has worked already have a clear vision and goals established but can benefit from assistance in identifying where their operational policies and practices may not align with the vision and goals. JMI experts provide in-depth qualitative and quantitative reviews of organizations and entire justice systems to identify what practices may be at odds with long-term goals, where changes can be made to existing policy and practice to support goal attainment, and whether or not there are any inefficiencies or redundancies to be addressed. The result of such an assessment is a detailed plan for aligning policy and practice with the goals as well as strategies for implementation and sustainment.

Project Highlights

Strategic Planning for the Harris County, TX Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

JMI is working with county commissioners and the elected officials in the Harris County criminal justice system to establish a vision for their Council and specific goals and priorities on which the Council should focus. The work on this project will be completed in July 2014.

Office Efficiency Study of the Cuyahoga County, OH Prosecutor’s Office

In March 2013, JMI completed an efficiency study of the Cuyahoga County, Ohio County Prosecutor’s Office (CCPO). The study was commissioned in October 2012 to coincide with a November election for the county’s first new prosecutor since 1999. JMI examined the strengths and weaknesses of current CCPO operations/case processing activities and also considered systemic issues that impact CCPO’s ability to operate with maximum efficiency and effectiveness. The study addressed all divisions of the CCPO: criminal, appeals, criminal investigations, civil, juvenile, child support enforcement and children and family services. Read more . . .

Harris County, TX Criminal Justice System Improvement Project: Phase 1 Report

This 2009 report presents preliminary findings and recommendations from a study of the criminal justice system in Harris County, Texas conducted. The first phase of the study had three main objectives: (1) Develop baseline information about the current situation and recent trends with respect to criminal justice system operations; (2) Identify system strengths and key issues that warrant further investigation and possible development of alternative processes; and (3) Formulate plans for further research and consideration of alternative processes that can both improve justice system operations and reduce or contain the costs of system operation. The report reviews the structure and processes for handling felony and misdemeanor cases in Harris County from the time of initial arrest through to resolution of the cases that are filed and, in some instances, through post-conviction proceedings involving motions to revokes probation. From the outset, a primary focus of the project has been on the population of the Harris County Jail. Read more . . .

Fulton County, GA Case Management and Backlog Reduction Project: Final Report

This 2008 report was the result of JMI’s work with Fulton County. Initially, the project had two main goals: (1) formulate a detailed plan for reducing the backlog of old pending felony charge cases, with particular emphasis on cases involving defendants in jail; and (2) develop a new case management system for civil and criminal cases in the superior court, in order to enable fair and timely case resolution. As the project progressed, a third goal was added: to develop a package of recommendations for changes in system operation that assisted in reducing the total jail population to eliminate outsourcing of jail inmates to other counties. Read more . . .

Strategic Plan for the Consolidation of the 41st Judicial District, New Orleans, LA

JMI led a strategic plan for the consolidation of the criminal, civil and juvenile courts in Orleans Parish, Louisiana to form the 41st Judicial District. The plan focuses on four major study areas: governance and leadership, funding, facilities, and operations. The facilities study area included an analysis of three facility options for housing the 41st  JDC.  Option A proposes a consolidated courthouse located in the Central Business District; Option B proposes a consolidated courthouse complex located at Broad and Tulane; and, Option C proposes accommodating the needs of Civil, Criminal, Juvenile First City and Municipal and Traffic courts in three separate locations and facilities.  980,000+SF – multiple courthouses and facilities.

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