Justice Planning (JP) is committed to finding and developing, supporting, and implementing criminal justice policies and practices that are evidence-based to make efficient use of public resources. To achieve this goal, JP conducts research using a variety of data sources to answer practical, timely questions about crime and the criminal justice system in Travis County.

Examples of research topics that JP has undertaken include:

  • Cost-benefit analyses of the Mental Health Public Defender's Office, Office of Child Representation, and Office of Parental Representation;
  • Drivers of the Travis County jail population;
  • Prostitution arrests in Travis County; 
  • The potential impact of permanent supporting housing (PSH) on the criminal justice involvement of chronically homeless individuals in Austin.


Instructions for Requesting Data from JP

If you are interested in exploring the possibility of obtaining data through the Justice Planning Department, please complete our Data Request Form and email it to [email protected]