JAD

Purpose

The Justice Administration Department (JAD) provides oversight and coordination of the collection and analysis of quantitative and qualitative data to inform County policy decisions in order to improve public safety, fairness, equity, efficiency, and accountability throughout the Harris County Justice System.

Vision

Our vision is a Harris County Justice System that is the standard other jurisdictions aspire to attain.

Mission

JAD’s mission is to coordinate, collaborate, and facilitate the transformation of data into straightforward information utilized for decision-making. JAD and its staff strive to establish trust, build consensus, form meaningful collaborative partnerships, and ensure transparency in all activities and interactions with our stakeholders.

Department Presentation

Goals

  • Improve Public Safety
  • Reduce Reliance on Incarceration
  • Promote Fairness and Procedural Justice
  • Address Racial and Ethnic Equity and Inclusion
  • Support and Enhance Victim’s Advocacy
  • Increase Coordination and Collaboration Across all County Justice Departments
  • Facilitate Coordination and Collaboration with non-profit community partners serving victims
  • Enhance Public Trust and Confidence

Scope / Duties

  • Coordinate with other Harris County justice agencies to identify existing programs, data infrastructure, and map work processes;
  • Collect and analyze data to identify systemic trends and evaluate comparative evidence-based practices;
  • Conduct research nationally to compile a list of programs that have proven success comparative to our goals; 
  • Recommend policies to Commissioners Court that are predicated on evidence-based practices generated through our data analysis and research to achieve our goals;
  • Staff the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) and its committees, including facilitating CJCC meetings, managing the MacArthur Safety & Justice Challenge grant;
  • Support existing technical, research, and policy staff in Harris County justice agencies; and
  • Serve as a resource to help facilitate projects that cross multiple departments and other governmental agencies.