Developing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council to Advance Social Justice

To help justice-involved individuals with behavioral and mental-health issues avoid going to jail, the City and County of St. Louis are working to create a secure data-sharing network that integrates their police departments, courts, and jails. To that end, the agencies are establishing a Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, which will share information, including mental-health statistics, and help agencies make informed decisions that improve the outcomes for justice-involved residents.

FUSE executive fellow Debbie Allen will assess the current data-sharing models used by the city, county, and state. She will suggest improvements to county and city agencies on using crime and mental health data when making recommendations. Additionally, she’ll help develop the council and begin designing a data-sharing dashboard that promotes collaboration among agencies.