In April 2011, Mecklenburg County was selected by the Department of Justice and their Bureau of Justice Assistance to participate in the Justice Reinvestment Initiative (JRI), a strategic planning process which focuses on lowering crime, reducing criminal justice spending, and controlling jail population growth.
Local stakeholders, with the assistance of nationally recognized policy experts, will undertake a comprehensive review of the criminal justice system using data. Information from the analysis will then be used to pinpoint strategies that yield significant cost-benefit savings and improved public safety. The identified savings from the data-driven process will be utilized to fund new strategies.
The JRI planning phase was completed in March 2013. Over the next months, leadership groups will be formed to manage implementation of alternative strategies and the County will seek federal funds and technical support under Phase II of the JRI program. Additional information is available on the Justice Reinvestment page, which can found by following the link on the left side of this page.
The date warehouse will retrieve information from the record management systems of the Arrest Processing Center, jail, courts, and Pretrial Services, to provide comprehensive data on the criminal justice system.
The data warehouse was made possible through a Governor's Crime Commission Grant and matching funds from the county. The project is being developed in collaboration with Mecklenburg County Information Services and a private software vendor.
Criminal Justice Dashboard
The dashboard is a web-based tool designed to provide citizens, in approximate real time, an interactive, high-level overview of criminal justice system activity. The dashboard graphically displays arrest processing, jail, courts, and Pretrial Services information from the data warehouse.
Criminal Justice System Mapping
The discharge of criminal justice is a complex and lengthy process involving many agencies across multiple governmental jurisdictions and throughout the community. The mapping initiative provides stakeholders a comprehensive picture of the local criminal justice system through process mapping. The process map depicts the sequence of events and agencies involved and is valuable tool for identifying inefficiencies and opportunities for improvement.
The felony and misdemeanor process maps are available here.
In addition to a master map, which provides a high-level view of the entire process, more detailed maps are developed according to the needs of decision makers. For example, to ensure adequate services are provided to individuals whose mental illness has brought them into the criminal justice process, maps are created to identify the various points and scope of services provided.
The sequential intercept model, for example, is a captured here.