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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
Martin Moore Commissioner Buncombe County Board of Commissioner
DK Wesley Assistant County Manager Buncombe County Manager’s Office
Herbert Blake Chief Deputy Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office
Pat Freeman Identification Director Buncombe County Bureau of Identification
Sylvia Clement Chief Court Counselor NC 28th Judicial District Juvenile Justice
Danny Cowan Magistrate NC 28th Judicial Magistrates Office
The Hon. Alan Thornburg Superior Court Judge NC 28th Judicial District Superior Court
The Hon. Todd Williams District Attorney NC 28th Prosecutorial District
The Hon. Jean Marie Christy Clerk of Superior Court NC 28th Judicial District Court
Vacant   NC 28th Judicial District Clerk of Court
Sam Snead Chief Public Defender NC 28th Judicial District
Tiffany Iheanacho Justice Services Director Buncombe County Justice Services Department
Donald Reuss Director Provider Vaya Health
David Zack Chief APD Asheville Police Department
Dustin Dow Private Attorney Defense Bar Association
Julia Horrocks Private Attorney Coordinated Community Response DV/SA
Suzanne Avett HHS Attorney Buncombe County HHS
Rachael Nygaard Director Buncombe County Strategic Partnership
Debra Campbell City Manager City of Asheville
Esther Manheimer Mayor of Asheville City of Asheville
Lori Anderson Probation Probation/Parole
Joseph Hackett Community Representative Mt. Olive Missionary Baptist Church
Julie Risedorf Community Representative  

Recorded Council Meeting Playlist

Board Meeting Schedule

Committee Meeting Documents

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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