Buncombe County Government was first selected to join the Safety and Justice Challenge Network in 2017 with $50,000 grant for a targeted project focused on more effective supervision of people charged with domestic violence offenses, with the goal of assisting defendants and working with victims to increase safety by adequately managing defendants in the community and reserving jail resources for those who pose the greatest risk.
The Buncombe County Justice Resource Advisory Council has developed a comprehensive plan for local justice system reforms with the goal of reducing the average daily jail population by 15% percent over two years.
Key strategies and initiatives to achieve this goal and create a safer, more effective system include:
- Pre-arrest and pre-trial diversion strategies
- Improvements to case processing efficiency
- Data Integration
- Enhanced services for people with mental illness or substance abuse issues involved with the justice system
- Addressing racial and ethnic disparities and increasing community engagement