What does the Justice Planning Department Do?
The Justice Planning (JP) Department is an interdisciplinary team of planners, researchers, administrators, and clinicians who work closely together to provide research and evidence based justice planning, program development, and implementation, and evaluation.
Direct Service Programs
In recent years, JP has begun to directly oversee program services rather than purchasing for contracted services.
JP currently operates three direct service programs for Travis County adults who are or have been involved in the justice system.
The Department performs a number of planning functions, including:
- Providing policy recommendations to the Travis County Commissioners Court;
- Coordinating collaboration among departments in the Justice & Public Safety Division and other agencies;
- Cultivating partnerships with community-based agencies that work in justice and/or serve individuals who are or might become involved in the justice system;
- Designing and implementing local justice programs, such as Inside Out Travis County and the Workforce Development Program; and
- Leveraging local, state, federal, and nongovernmental resources to strengthen and sustain justice planning and programming in Travis County.
JP is responsible for providing data analysis and research to inform justice policymaking and programming in Travis County. In addition to utilizing studies from the existing body of justice knowledge, the Department conducts original studies using local law enforcement and corrections data. Visit the research pages for more information about JP's past and current research efforts, instructions for making a data request from staff, and links to justice-related publications and other resources.