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Why It Matters

Involvement in the criminal justice system can carry lifelong impacts on the health, safety, and well-being of individuals, families and neighborhoods. Many individuals with justice involvement are also impacted by poverty, trauma, mental illness and/or substance abuse.

Purpose

We are a multi-agency model serving people in the criminal justice system with diversion options, connecting them to community services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment, transportation, career, public assistance, education, and legal. The goal is to provide a comprehensive model where individuals receive a foundation that will lead them to a productive, self-sufficient, healthy life.

What We Offer

Learn about our access to education, services, and more

Goal

Increase public safety by reducing individual criminal justice involvement through addressing issues directly related to an individual's likelihood to re-offend and commit another crime.

Strategies

  • Ensure accountability while addressing issues that lead to criminal behavior and activity.
  • Without duplication of services, bridge gaps in the existing community resources.
  • Create seamless linkages with systems that people navigate – including health care, housing, education, workforce, family services, law enforcement and the courts.
  • Take a holistic approach to facilitating individual, family, neighborhood, and community wellness.

Purpose

  • This is a voluntary walk-in service for justice involved individuals.
  • We assist clients with navigating through the complexity of the criminal justice system and community resources.
  • We also connect clients to services that address mental health and substance use disorders, medical conditions, unemployment/under employment and homelessness.

Services

  • Screen and refer clients to onsite providers as well as existing community resources.
  • Communicate with referral sources such as attorneys, pre-trial services, and probation about the needs of the clients.
  • Utilize solution-focused techniques to guide individuals in successful completion of probation conditions, pre-trial supervision and/or other court-ordered assessments and treatment recommendations.

Goal

Our goal is to reduce recidivism and increase compliance with court-ordered sanctions by connecting individuals to needed resources and assisting them with navigation through an extremely complex system.

Purpose

We connect individuals involved in the criminal justice system with upskilling opportunities, postsecondary education and higher paying career pathways.

Services

  • Provide educational assessments to referred clients.
  • Define educational pathway for clients based on assessment and client goals:
    • Adult Literacy
    • Occupational/vocational training
    • Employability Skills
    • Curriculum programs of study
  • Provide employability skills training opportunities.
  • Refer clients to support student success such as NCWorks Career Centers and Community Based Organizations.

Goal

Our goal is to reduce the likelihood of recidivism by increasing the number of economical self-sufficient individuals with justice system involvement.

Purpose

Diversion Service clients are required to complete community service hours based on specific charges and the class type.

Services

  • Provide clients options of community service providers to complete their required hours for program completion.
  • Educate clients on the benefits of community service.
  • Develop relationship with community service partners.

Goal

Our goal is to increase awareness of local area providers, make an impact in our community through voluntary contributions, and foster professional and personal growth in our clients.

Purpose

  • We provide a voluntary and supportive structure for people to avoid criminal prosecution while gaining skills and connecting to meaningful resources.
  • Based on charges and criminal history individuals may participate in diversion services as an alternative to prosecution.
  • Successful completion of program conditions will result in voluntary dismissal of criminal charges and avoidance of collateral consequences. In the case of individuals age 16-18, successful completion results in no charges being filed.

Services

  • Intake/Screenings
  • Case management services
  • Compliance reporting to our referral partners
  • Coordination of community services and restitution
  • Facilitate group classes and provide individual sessions

Goal

Our goal is to deter individuals from future criminal justice involvement by engaging them in evidence-based models to motivate change and modify risky behaviors.

Purpose

We offer a variety of groups and classes to provide individuals with an opportunity to develop skills and tools related to decision-making, wellness and recovery.

Services

  • Offer a selection of groups that are either mandatory through our diversion services or clients can voluntary enroll in classes offered at the center.
  • Provide a variety of groups that address criminogenic factors and skill building techniques.
  • Evidence-based classes include Prime for Life and Moral Reconation Therapy.
  • Other topics include: self-care, safety, interview skills, relapse/recovery skills and developing a healthy lifestyle.

Goal

Our goal is to deter individuals from future criminal justice involvement by engaging clients in evidence-based models to motivate change, develop healthy coping and lifestyle skills, while learning how to change risky behaviors.

Purpose

  • We educate the public regarding who is eligible for an expunction and the benefits of expunction to the community.
  • We facilitate and navigate clients through the expungement process.
  • We advocate for improved expunction laws, so that more people are eligible for that form of relief.

Services

  • Screen and refer cases to the volunteer attorneys; income-eligible clients will be served at no charge; over income clients may be charged by the private attorneys.
  • Refer clients to job training opportunities as appropriate, and attempt to track whether the expunctions lead to jobs and/or higher incomes.
  • Provide educational session to the community.
  • Coordinate with a panel of volunteer attorneys who work with eligible individuals to assist in the processes for expunging criminal charges and convictions.

Goal

Our goal is to improve individuals' chance for employment and earn higher wages, eliminating collateral consequences and to put people on the path to stability.

Purpose

We provide clients with access to public benefits such as Food and Nutrition Services (Food Stamps), Medicaid and health services.

Services

  • Provide face to face contact and access to all services provided by Buncombe County.
  • In-person interviews for food and nutrition assistance and Medicaid applications.
  • Check eligibility and status of applications and programs.
  • Coordinate with client's public benefit caseworker in terms of re-certification, status of application and documentation needed.
  • Schedule public health appointments such as family planning, communicable diseases, breast and cervical cancer screening, and WIC.

Goal

Our goal is to improve individuals' ability to access meaningful and needed resources that lead to stability and improved quality of life while reducing crimes related to poverty.

Purpose

Our Local Re-Entry Council serves any individual recently released from prison or placed on probation.

Services

  • Job searching
  • Job skills development
  • Direct referral to employers
  • Continue/complete educational goals
  • Transportation assistance
  • Transitional Housing assistance
  • Supportive employment services
  • Coordination of Mental Health/Substance Abuse Treatment

Goal

Our goal is to decrease recidivism in terms of failure to appear, new arrest, and parole violation with individuals post-conviction/post-incarceration through increasing access to employment, housing, transportation and education.

Many Partners, One Location

We are a multi-agency access center, and onsite partners include: A-B Tech; Buncombe County Health and Human Services; Pisgah Legal Services; RHA Health Services; and Sunrise Community for Health and Wellness.

Locate & Contact

Justice Resource Center

Contact

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

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

Mailing Address:
200 College Street, 3rd Floor
Asheville, NC 28801

Hours of Operation

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


  • Walk-ins are welcome or call (828) 250-6401 to schedule an appointment
  • People may also be referred through the courts, law enforcement, attorneys, community supervision and area service providers