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Justice Resource Advisory Council

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

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 their implementation.


The Justice Resource Advisory Council is 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.

Justice Resource Coordinator

The Justice Resource Coordinator provides staff support to the Justice Resource Advisory Council in its priorities including development and implementation of Justice Resource Center.

Approach & Strategy

Methods to identify goals and priorities, develop solutions, and measure results to maximize outcomes

Approach

  • Evidence-based, national models
  • Coordinated efforts
  • Data-driven decision making
  • Smart partnerships
  • Outcomes-focused
  • Cost avoidance
  • Reinvestment of Savings
  • Sustainable

Strategy

  • Protect Community Safety
  • Formalize Coordination
  • Invest in System Gaps
  • Provide Infrastructure Support

Background

Nationally

  • 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.

Collateral Consequences

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.

Locate & Contact

Justice Resource Advisory Council

Contact

Justice Resource Center
60 Court Plaza, 15th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

P. (828) 250-6401
F. (828) 250-6427
E. Email JRC

Tiffany Iheanacho
Justice Resource Coordinator
60 Court Plaza, 15th Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-6402