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Smart Justice

Smart Justice / Jail Diversion


Smart Justice Jail Diversion Program (Behavioral Health)

Medicine and Law

This recently developed, $7 million Grant-funded  program is a partnership between the Courts, Jail, attorneys, Pretrial Office, and service providers to more quickly and accurately identify and redirect high-need mentally ill defendants away from lengthy/more consequential criminal justice system involvement, and rapidly into evidenced-based treatment services in the community.  Low risk defendants directly connected to treatment are the priority target, while moderate to high risk offenders can also achieve Pretrial-supervised bond release only after additional bond conditions are imposed that better ensure public safety, Court appearance, stability, and Pretrial Release success.  Additionally, most of this Grant is funding new or redesigned community-based program services and resources that creates greater service access via more evidence-based strategies that significantly reduce recidivism while greatly improving supervision and treatment outcomes.

Behavioral Health Steering Committee

This steering subcommittee works under the authority of the Behavioral Health Leadership Team, and is designed and dedicated to helping improve coordination between the Courts/criminal justice system and the behavioral health service providers, as well as improving diversion program linkages and outcomes for mental health defendants and offenders.

The group meets monthly on the 2nd floor of the Frank Crowley Courts Building, and is conducted under the leadership of County Judge Kristin Wade presiding over Criminal Court of Appeals No. 1 , and Chief Public Defender Lynn Richardson.  During the meetings, data and reports from the various programs are presented and analyzed, new programs/resources are presented, challenges and new ideas are discussed, and new plans are laid out and approved

Serial Inebriate Program

This program is designed and geared to creating more diversion options and improved treatment resources for chronic, low level alcohol/drug offenders by  redirecting them at the point of crisis/arrest from the criminal justice system and into treatment/programs.