Mesa County eyes grant to boost new criminal justice software
Mesa County Criminal Justice Services Department personnel hope to speed the pace and range of a software implementation program with help from a grant of up to $500,000.
The county purchased a client management software system last month from Delaware-based technology services firm Tribridge Holdings, LLC, after the previous system became obsolete. The software is currently limited to sharing and tracking information about Summit View Drug Treatment Center clients, but the Criminal Justice Services Department hopes to expand software services to pretrial services, urinalysis testing, community-based sentencing and community corrections programs as well when money becomes available.
Current projections anticipate those expansions could happen in two stages, one in 2017 at a cost of $350,000 and one in 2018 at a cost of up to $290,000. But expansion could happen sooner if the county obtains a grant of up to $500,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs.
Mesa County commissioners signed a letter of support Monday for the Criminal Justice Services Department to be considered for the grant. The department will submit a concept paper by April 1 and the Department of Justice will decide by April 16 whether the county qualifies to fully apply for the grant.
Criminal Justice Services Program Manager Joel Bishop told commissioners Monday the grant is a great opportunity to get software updated before the county risks losing data during a server crash. He said integrating the software in more sections of the Criminal Justice Services Department also will help the county track data to see whether particular elements of the county’s evidence-based decision making project are working. Mesa County’s evidence-based decision making reform is a model in the state for reducing recidivism through alternative sentencing and collaboration among stakeholders.
“It’s important we have the right software so we can track and report on the outcomes,” Bishop said.