Criminal Justice Planning
The Criminal Justice Planner provides administrative and research support to the Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB) and the Charlottesville/Albemarle Evidence-Based Decision-Making Policy Team.
Thomas Jefferson Area Community Criminal Justice Board (CCJB):
The Board’s mission is to enable participating localities to work together to develop community-based pretrial court services and post conviction alternatives to incarceration for misdemeanants and certain nonviolent felons. The participating localities include Charlottesville, Albemarle, Fluvanna, Goochland, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Orange and Nelson County. The Planner convenes the Board quarterly to discuss trends in crime and incarceration, and to consider proven alternatives to incarceration that enhance long-term public safety goals
Charlottesville/Albemarle EBDM Policy Team: Charlottesville and Albemarle County, beginning in 2010, were selected by the National Institute of Corrections as one of seven national pilot sites for the implementation of an evidence-based decision-making framework to coordinate the work of all criminal justice agencies. Membership on the Policy Team includes city and county leaders in law enforcement, prosecution, public defense, pretrial and probation supervision, victim/witness services, the courts, the jail, the chief magistrate, and behavioral health providers. The Planner convenes the EBDM Policy Team on a monthly basis, provides the Policy Team with analysis of local criminal justice data, and coordinates the work of a number of project teams.
Major Projects in FY16:
Probation Administrative Response Matrix: This project, a joint effort between the Virginia Department of Corrections District 9 Probation Office and OAR/JACC, created a web-based method for determining appropriate responses to probation noncompliance, consistent with the probationer’s recidivism risk and the severity of their noncompliance with the conditions of their supervision. In FY15, this approach reduced substantially the number of low-risk probationers being returned to jail for technical violations of probation that did not involve new violations of the law (saving over 25,000 jail bed days and representing over $2 million in cost avoidance). In FY16, a rewards module has been added.
Blueprint for Safety and Lethality Assessment Protocol: The EBDM Policy Team has assembled a coordinated response to intimate partner violence, called the Blueprint for Safety, which seeks to enhance the safety of victims as they navigate the criminal justice system. All law enforcement officers in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are now using a Lethality Assessment Protocol to help determine the level of risk present at a domestic violence call, and to help the victim get linked to services including safe housing and counseling.
Central Virginia Regional Jail Study: The Planner worked with CVRJ to produce a four-year jail population study (CY12-15) which identified the primary drivers of bed day expenditures and cost.
Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail Mental Health Study: The Planner worked with the University of Virginia Department of Systems Engineering to produce a first-ever study of the size and composition of ACRJ’s inmate population suffering from serious mental illnesses. The study also matched jail data with client data from Region Ten Community Services to determine the number if mentally ill inmates that received mental health services following their release from jail.