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Justice Resource Advisory Council

Leveraging best practices to increase system efficiency, promote public safety & community wellness.

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The Justice Resource Advisory Council (JRAC) is a collaborative initiative with leadership from Buncombe County and representatives from the criminal justice and court system focusing on systemic planning and coordination for crucial needs in the criminal justice system.

The purpose of the JRAC is to serve as an advisory body to the policy makers, judiciary, and stakeholder groups of the criminal justice system in Buncombe County. The JRAC examines potential improvements to the system, sets priorities, makes recommendations, and guides their implementation. They utilize evidence based methods to identify goals and priorities, develop solutions, and measure results to ensure policies and programs are cost effective, efficient and produce maximum outcomes for the community.

"The Justice Resource Advisory Council is designed to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of the Buncombe County criminal justice system — thereby maximizing public safety and increasing community wellness."

Top Priorities

  • Jail Population Reduction
  • Diverting Individuals with Mental Illness and Substance Abuse into treatment
  • Increasing court efficiency
  • Data Integration
  • Community Engagement
  • Addressing Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  • Juvenile Justice
  • Re-entry Support


Notice: The JRAC meets the first Friday of February, April, June, August, October, and December at 12:30pm at 200 College Street Ground Floor, unless otherwise announced. 

Justice Resource Advisory Council Members

Table: Justice Resource Advisory Council Committee Members
Name Title Organization
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara Commissioner, Vice Chairman, Buncombe County Government Buncombe County Board of Commissioners
Dakisha (DK) Wesley Assistant County Manager Buncombe County County Manager's Office
The Honorable Alan Thornburg Senior Resident Superior Court Judge NC 28th Judicial District Superior Court
Todd Williams District Attorney NC 40th Prosecutorial District
Vacant NC 28th Judicial District Clerk of Court
Sam Snead Chief Public Defender NC 28th Judicial District
Danny Cowan Magistrate NC 28th Judicial District Magistrates' Office
Chief David Zack Police Chief Asheville Police Department
Mayor Esther Manheimer Mayor Asheville City Council
Lori Anderson Judicial District Manager NC 28th Judicial District
Pat Freeman Bureau of Identification Director Buncombe County Bureau of Identification
Sylvia Clement Chief Court Counselor NC 28th Judicial District Juvenile Justice
Debra Campbell City Manager City of Asheville
Donald Reuss Vaya Health Senior Director Provider Network Vaya Health
Thomas Amburgey Local Private Defense Bar Association Representative Local Private Defense Bar Association
Rachael Nygaard Director Buncombe County Strategic Partnerships
Suzanna Avett Attorney Supervisor, Social Services Buncombe County Health and Human Services
Julia Horrocks Managing Attorney, Pisgah Legal Services Coordinated Community Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
Tiffany Iheanacho Justice Services Director Buncombe County Pretrial Services
Robert Thomas Racial Justice Coalition Coordinator Community Member
Jay Hackett New Mt Olive Missionary Baptist Church Community Member

Board Meeting Schedule

Cross System Collaboration

Locate & Contact

Justice Resource Advisory Council


Tiffany Iheanacho
Justice Services Director
P: (828) 250-4089
F: (828) 250-6666

Justice Services
200 College Street - Suite 300
Asheville, NC 28801

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Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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