#WeekInJustice: Week 154
This Week in Justice:
- We held our last Homicide Panel of the year, with special guest Bill Brammer in observation as he readies to join our team next year.
- We continue to seek resolution for about four or five cases most Mondays, but having dug out of the homicide backlog, we are now looking at cases from late 2022 and the first half of 2023. We are bringing resolutions for victims much more quickly now, given such hard work by the Panel members.
- Another great sign is that as we close out the year, we continue to sit at a 20% decline in homicides from last year, and a 38% decline from two years ago. That’s a lot to be grateful for.
- We visited HOPE, Inc midweek. HOPE is one of our critical care providers, providing services for both substance use disorder and mental health. They are unique, because they are not just peer staffed, they are peer run. Anytime a new administrator is up for hiring, member patients get to help interview and vote on the candidates. HOPE already helps support our specialty courts, and they are now preparing to assist us as Restorative Justice cases start to roll in.
- And last but not least, the announcement that Josh Moser will be our new Criminal Chief, and Mark Hotchkiss (both pictured above) will be his second in command has been well received. They have certainly enjoyed all the well wishes and congratulations that have come in. They are ready to hit the ground running come January
To be continued,