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Featured Commitment: Inclusion in Court Contracting

Compromiso destacado: inclusión en las contrataciones de los tribunales

Engagement en vedette: inclusion en matière de passation de marchés au sein des tribunaux

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What's in the 2019 Action Plans

This commitment story is featured in What’s in the 2019 Action Plans. Read the full publication here. 

What’s in the 2019 Action Plans Explore commitments OGP members made in their 2019 action plans, including commitments to watch in each of the eight focus policy areas in OGP’s three year strategy.

The Downtown Austin Community Court (DACC) contracts with local nonprofits to provide services to people who are transitioning into housing, with the goal of helping them achieve greater self-sufficiency. Currently, the city purchases these services through a closed, one-size-fits-all contracting approach. The majority of defendants who come before the DACC are experiencing homeless, and a disproportionate number of offenses are committed by a small number of defendants who repeatedly cycle through the criminal justice system at a high cost to community services. By including feedback from defendants, local advocates, and the general public at every step of the procurement process, the city aims to improve civic participation, add transparency to the decision-making process, and promote better use of city resources. Accountability efforts will include biweekly meetings of the Austin Homeless Advisory Committee, convened by the DACC and attended by community and city department representatives.

 

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