Background & Approach
Franklin County is Ohio’s most populous county and contains the state capital, Columbus. Franklin County planned and executed the Achieving Cultural Confidence and Enhancing Specialized Support (ACCESS) project to coordinate local stakeholders in an effort to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in participation in the Franklin County Municipal Court specialized dockets. Franklin County was able to analyze specialized court docket data, policies, and procedures, and identify the key factors driving the racial disparities in the county’s five specialized court dockets. Franklin County completed and submitted a final report and recommendations to all participating stakeholders.
Franklin County continues to engage with the Safety and Justice Challenge Network to rethink and redesign its criminal justice system so that it is more fair, just, and equitable for all.