Governor Holcomb signed House Enrolled Act 1068 into law on April 8, 2021 (effective July 1, 2021). Also known as Public Law 30-2021, this legislation established a local Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (Local JRAC) in each county [IC 33-38-9.5-4].
Local JRACs are required:
- to promote the use of evidence-based and best practices in the areas of community-based sentencing alternatives and recidivism reduction
- review, evaluate, and make recommendations about local practices (community-based corrections and jail overcrowding)
- compile reports as directed by the State JRAC
- communicate with the State JRAC to establish and implement best practices and to ensure consistent collection and reporting of data
A Local JRAC consists of the following members or designees:
- chief public defender or public defender
- elected prosecuting attorney
- director of local community mental health center
- county sheriff
- director of county community corrections program
- chief probation officer
- president of county executive
- president of county fiscal body
- county circuit or superior judge exercising criminal jurisdiction
The Local JRAC of two or more counties may vote to consolidate into a regional advisory council.
Watch Local JRAC webinar #1-- Justice Reinvestment: Understanding HEA 1068 (11/1/2021)
Watch Local JRAC webinar #2-- Local JRAC: Establishment and Annual Report (12/15/2021)
Note for state Judicial Officers: You may earn CJE credit for watching these replays if they are accessed via the Indiana Courts Education Network (ICEN). Once logged in, select Catalog and search for “JRAC”. Please contact email@example.com with any questions regarding ICEN access.
2021 Annual Report
IC 33-38-9.5-4 requires that Local JRACs “Communicate with the advisory council in order to establish and implement best practices and to ensure consistent collection and reporting of data as requested by the advisory council” and “Prepare and submit an annual report to the advisory council not later than March 31 of each year.” The 2021 Local JRAC Data Collection Survey will serve as the initial data collection protocol and your annual report under the legislation and, as such, is due no later than March 31, 2022.
Reference survey questions in advance with the Local JRAC Data Collection Survey Preview.