Tompkins County Reimagining Public Safety Plan
ITHACA, N.Y. (WENY) - The Tompkins County Reimagining Public Safety Plan is continuing to seek input from community members.
The plan is one of four plans specific to the county organization approved in 2021 by the legislature, and one of nearly twenty total plans being implemented under Reimagining Public Safety efforts by Tompkins County and the City of Ithaca.
The county says the goal of the plan is to increase transparency into the local criminal justice system.
Community members are being asked to share ideas on what data should be made publicly available by submitting an idea on the reimagining public safety website before 2022.
Tompkins County District Attorney Matt Van Houten stated, "This is about transparency. It's important for the public to have a better view of who is being prosecuted in our criminal justice system and for what offenses. My office is committed to bringing more information to light and finding ways to present that information so the community can best understand it and take action." He continued, "This reimagines public safety by giving the community a clearer view of how criminal offenses are prosecuted here and how alternatives to incarceration are working. I'm proud of the work that my office does, and I look forward to hearing from you on what information we should share publicly."
More information on the plan and a call for community input can be found on the Reimagining Public Safety Website.