Buncombe County’s Pretrial Services program provides a valuable resource for the County’s Strategic Plan goals toward reducing the jail population and enhancing public safety. Justice Services is proud to announce Natalie Ivey has been tapped to lead and support the Pretrial Services team.
In this role Natalie will provide program management, oversee the County’s Pretrial Services division designed to support jail population management efforts, and assist the courts in making release and detention decisions that preserve public safety and defendants’ civil rights. Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, in Knoxville, TN. “Natalie’s astute understanding of pretrial justice through her work in the Courts, and her experience as an executive leader for those impacted by our justice system, makes her well-positioned to lead and support the Pretrial Services team,” says Justice Services Director Tiffany Iheanacho.
The Pretrial Services team includes court support staff and case managers who provide pretrial release information to the courts as well as monitor conditions of release for those assigned to the program. A strong collaborative relationship with court partners ensures compliance with court orders and community organizations to ensure seamless connections to mental health and substance abuse treatment and other community-based services.
Natalie Ivey Professional Bio
After graduating from the University of Tennessee College of Law, Natalie began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the 13th Judicial District of Tennessee, prosecuting crimes of domestic and sexual violence. She then shifted her professional focus to work in the nonprofit sector, specifically victim advocacy. In her most recent position as Executive Director of the Community Coalition Against Human Trafficking, Natalie fostered systemic collaboration and galvanized community response across East Tennessee. She looks forward to the opportunity to promote positive change in her new community in Asheville, NC.
Natalie's first day at Buncombe County is scheduled for Nov. 8.