Amy Bach, founder of the non-profit Measures for Justice, lives by the motto: “You can’t change what you can’t see.” Illuminating the truth through data has been her life’s passion, and Amy works with agencies across the country to make meaningful change to promote justice. Hear stories about data research at MSJ, and get advice for how your agency can start moving toward greater transparency and positive change.
While the ways we collect, record, process, and analyze data have changed substantially in the past 35 years, the core issue remains the same: Data quality is central to justice. Using data to support decisions is critical at every single stage of justice, and we have to be able to rely on the quality of the data we’re using to make the best decisions possible.
The line between health issues and legal issues is frequently blurred, particularly with mental illness and substance use disorders. How can we un-blur that line? How do we get people the help they need while maintaining public safety? Host Sue Humphreys talks with Ayesha Delany-Brumsey of the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center and Stepping Up Initiative to examine health issues in the justice system and what’s making a difference.
In every county in the U.S. that has both a jail and a county psychiatric facility, more people with mental illnesses are in jail than in the hospital. Forty-four states report that their jails and prisons house more people with mental illnesses than their largest state psychiatric hospital. We have a problem in this country, and it’s not just a jail problem. It’s a systemic problem. Mental illness is being criminalized, and it’s up to everyone involved in the justice system to stop it.
Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller: Automating hundreds of processes with Smart Docketing
ShowCase Smart Docketing automatically drives hundreds of processes for the Collier County Clerk of the Circuit Court & Comptroller, saving precious time and resources. This solution helps the Clerk’s office maximize efficiencies while being fiscally responsible by automating manual processes, delivering critical information and documents to case participants, slashing time spent on updates, and increasing productivity year over year.
Youth crime is down, but the severity of offenses is up. Abuse and neglect are on the rise. Kids today are dealing with a lot, and sometimes, courts have the opportunity to intervene at just the right moment to make a difference. Host Sue Humphreys welcomes the Honorable Judge Anthony Capizzi to talk about juvenile justice, the role of the court, and how alternative interventions are sparking positive change.
At equivant, we unabashedly believe in alternative interventions for youth that are rehabilitative, not punitive. We’ve worked with policymakers across the country to help funnel more dollars into diversion and community support programs for juvenile offenders, but systemic change is slow. At the community and justice agency level, we work with clients to use technology to make a real impact on local justice-involved youth. Here are five of the top ways to start using technology to affect change.
A2J has become one of the many buzzwords in the justice sector, but what does true access to justice look like? What can courts do to tip the scales toward accessibility? Join host Sue Humphreys as she digs into court accessibility with special guest Renee Danser, Associate Director of Research and Strategic Partnerships at the Access to Justice Lab at Harvard Law School.
Courts strive for better community connection, improved access to justice, more efficient resolution … but how? How do we humanize courts and help them become the agents of community prosperity that they were designed to be?Here are six ways we’ve seen courts get results.
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