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Cass County Justice Reinvestment Advisory Council (JRAC)

Mission:

 

“Coming together to create a collaborative system of care that promotes evidence-based practices and utilizes data analysis to improve criminal justice outcomes in our local community.”

Based on legislation created by the State JRAC, HEA 1068, the Local JRAC Statue, was signed into law on April 8, 2021, requiring the establishment of a Local JRAC in every Indiana County.  The overarching goal of the Local JRAC is to examine and analyze local data and practices to improve criminal justice outcomes. 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.

In response, Cass County recently established our local Justice Advisory Council (JRAC) and are committed to coming together to review local practices and data to improve our local criminal justice system.

Submit Opioid Settlement Funding Proposals Here:

The Cass County Commissioners have appointed the Local JRAC Council to discuss, review and make recommendations regarding submitted proposals on how to best use our county's allocated funding from the Opioid Settlement. Proposals will be reviewed twice yearly, January and July, commencing July 2023. Proposal to be limited to a scope of a one year project, with eligibility for application for additional funding yearly and dependent on available funds. Proposals will be required to follow the abatement guidelines and not supplant other grant funded projects.

 

If you or your organization has a proposal regarding the use of Opioid Settlement Funding please click here to submit your request to the Local JRAC Council who will present it to Cass County Commissioners upon review. Download the proposal template here.

Hon. James Muehlhausen, Judge, Cass Superior Court 1

Hon. Lisa Swaim, Judge, Cass Superior Court 2

Hon. Stephen Kitts, Judge Cass Circuit Court

Ed Schroder, Cass County Sheriff

Travis Yike, Logansport Police Chief

Noah Schafer, Cass County Prosecutor

Sheryl Pherson, Cass Chief Public Defender

Michael Stajduhar, Cass County Commissioners President

Brian Reed, County Council President

Will Scott, Cass Juvenile Probation/JDAI

Terry Haney, Cass County Adult Probation

Dr. Carrie Cadwell, Four County Mental Health Adm.

Steve Snyder, Director of Court Drug & Alcohol Program

Dave Wegner, Director of Cass/Pulaski Community Corrections, ***Elected Vice Chair

Hillary Hartoin, Director of Court & Pretrial Services, ***Elected Chair

Upcoming 2023 Meetings
February 2023

TBA
3:30 PM
Life or In Person in Bicentennial Room in the Cass County Government Building

In response to COVID-19, we will be conducting all meetings via videoconferencing and not at our traditional location; the Bicentennial Room in the Cass County Government Building. Extensions and passcodes, along with links to the meeting will be sent out a week prior to the meeting.

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JRAC Resources

HB 1068

State Local JRAC Website

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)

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