Leveraging best practices to increase system efficiency, promote public safety & community wellness.
Justice Resource Advisory Council
This is a newly forming council in spring of 2017, designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Buncombe County criminal justice system. It is a is collaborative initiative with leadership from Buncombe County and representatives from the criminal justice and court system leaders to discuss systemic planning and coordination for crucial needs in the criminal justice system. The purpose of the Council is to serve as an advisory body to the policy makers, judiciary, and stakeholder groups of the criminal justice system in Buncombe County. The Council examines potential improvements to the system, sets priorities, makes recommendations, and guides with their implementation.
Justice Resource Coordinator
The Justice Resource Coordinator is a newly created position that provides staff support to the Justice Resource Advisory Council including development and implementation of Justice Resource Center.
Justice Resource Center
The Justice Resource Center is a place where people who are involved with the criminal justice system can access meaningful services and supports to help them on a path to stability and wellness. The Center is a multi-agency model serving pre-trial defendants as a diversion option, post-conviction offenders, and others referred by the courts. The Center is a component of a broader cross-system justice initiative with oversight from the Justice Resource Advisory Council.
Our Tested Approach & Strategy
- Evidence-based, national models
- Coordinated efforts
- Data-driven decision making
- Smart partnerships
- Cost avoidance
- Reinvestment of Savings
- Protect Community Safety
- Formalize Coordination
- Invest in System Gaps
- Provide Infrastructure Support
- The rate of serious mental illness in the incarcerated population is 2 to 6 times higher than the general public.
- Nearly 70% of jail inmates meet the criteria for substance abuse.
In Buncombe County
- 51 jail beds a day are occupied by individuals receiving medical treatment for a serious mental illness
- Recidivism rates for people with mental illness are twice as high as other defendants
- Nearly 800 inmates were monitored for substance withdrawal in 2016, nearly a 30% increase from 2015
Impact on Families
- The majority of opioid users are women, and women are the fastest growing population in jail – in Buncombe County, the number of women jumped nearly 30% from 2015 to 2016.
- Nationally, 95% of women who have been incarcerated have a trauma history.
- Abuse in childhood is strongly correlated with adult victimization, substance abuse, and criminality.
- The rate of developmental and behavioral disorders in kids was higher in those whose parent went to jail versus kids who experienced a parent death or divorce.
Justice system involvement can carry lifelong impacts- even without a conviction. Such as access to…Housing, Employment, Education, and Financial Assistance. Diversion offers a path to wellness and stability for individuals, families, neighborhoods and communities.
Buncombe County Health and Human Services does not discriminate and strives to be fully inclusive. Click here to read the full non-discrimination statement.