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Local JRAC

Local JRAC Directory

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

Membership

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.


Training

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 education@courts.in.gov 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.


Resources

Local JRAC Technical Assistance

Local JRACs can request technical assistance through the Local JRAC Technical Assistance Request form.

EBDM Starter Kit

The Evidence-Based Decision Making (EBDM) in Local Criminal Justice Systems Starter Kit provides guidance to jurisdictions interested in implementing the EBDM Framework.  The Starter Kit is intended to help collaborative criminal justice policy teams build their capacity to engage in EBDM. It follows the EBDM “Roadmap,” a step-by-step process designed to assist local jurisdictions in preparing to implement the EBDM Framework.

Local JRAC Action Plan Template

The Action Plan Template is designed to assist Local JRACs to document action items and strategize around the specific actions to map progress toward objectives and goals.

Local JRAC Leadership Update Form

The Local JRAC Leadership Update Form allows Local JRAC's to communicate  leadership changes to State JRAC.

National Center for State Courts Behavioral Health Resources

The NCSC Behavioral Health Resource Hub highlights several additional areas of focus that, if engaged in proactively, can create necessary support structures and prevent justice system involvement for those with mental health disorders.

The National Judicial Task Force Report on State Courts' Response to Mental Illness highlights strategies to assist state courts in their efforts to more effectively respond to the needs of court-involved individuals with serious mental illness.

National Association of Drug Court Professionals training opportunity

NADCP's National Drug Court Institute (NDCI) is bringing world-class training to substance use treatment professionals working with justice-involved clients. These training programs, presented in partnership with the American Society of Addiction Medicine, are being offered in regional time zones and are open to both newcomers and seasoned professionals.