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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

Committee

Justice Resource Advisory Council Members

Table: Justice Resource Advisory Council Committee Members
Name Title Organization
Jasmine Beach-Ferrara Commissioner, Vice Chairmain, 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
The Honorable Calvin Hill Chief District Court Judge NC 28th Judicial District Court
Todd Williams District Attorney NC 40th Prosecutorial District
Sheriff Quentin Miller Sheriff, Buncombe Couny Sheriff's Office Buncombe County Sheriff's Office
Steve Cogburn Clerk of Court NC 28th Judicial District Clerk of Court
LeAnn Melton Chief Public Defender NC 28th Judicial District
Danny Cowan Magistrate NC 28th Judicial District Magistrates' Office
Chief Christopher Bailey Police Chief Asheville Police Department
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
Kim Moretz Program Manager Buncombe County Pretrial Services
Donald Reuss Vaya Health Senior Director Provider Network Vaya Health
Thomas Amburgey Local Private Defense Bar Association Representative Local Private Defense Bar Association


Committee Meeting Documents

Cross System Collaboration

Locate & Contact

Justice Resource Advisory Council

Contact

Tiffany Iheanacho
Justice Resource Coordinator
200 College Street, Ground Floor
Asheville, NC 28801
P. (828) 250-6402

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