Criminal Justice Resource Department

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Hillsborough Courthouse
The Criminal Justice Resource Department (CJRD) opened in November 2015 as a division of the County Manager’s Office. On July 1, 2017, it became a department in Orange County Government. The department oversees and supports jail alternatives programming in Orange County.

CJRD_LOGO_300The Criminal Justice Resource Director supervises the Pretrial Release Case Manager, the Drug Treatment Coordinator and a Criminal Case Assessment Specialist. These positions assist court and criminal justice stakeholders by providing recommendations for pretrial release, diversion and treatment opportunities in the community for individuals facing pretrial detention.

The department also provides support and case management services to individuals participating in the Pretrial Release and Drug Court programs. In addition, the Criminal Case Assessment Specialist works directly with individuals incarcerated in the Orange County Detention Center with mental health and substance abuse issues in order to address specific therapeutic needs and to link these individuals to appropriate services and resources in the community.

The department collects and provides data and information to the County Manager, justice stakeholders and the community in order to support, enhance and recommend changes to jail alternatives programming. The objective is to reduce overall rates of pretrial detention, reduce the numbers of individuals with mental illness in custody, reduce recidivism and address racial and economic disparities in pretrial detention.

“Ending the overuse of jail will reduce economic and racial inequalities and is an essential part of advancing civil rights in the 21st century.” Nicholas Turner, President and Director, Vera Institute of Justice.

Next Meeting
Friday, Dec. 8, 2017 | Agenda
3 - 4:30 p.m.
Location - West Campus Office (Rm-004),
131 W. Margaret Ln.

Department News

April 11, 2018
Department to host inaugural Coordinated Local Reentry Council Meeting for Orange County on April 28

July 30, 2017
Breaking the chains of addiction. Orange County teaches inmates ‘how to live a life of recovery’ (Durham Herald-Sun)

April 11, 2016

Office Staff
Caitlin Fenhagen 
Criminal Justice Resource Director 

Paul Atherton
Drug Treatment Coordinator

 Ted Dorsi
Pretrial Release Case Manager 

Allison Zirkel, LCSW, LCAS
Criminal Case Assessment Specialist

Nancy Lappenbusch, PsyD
Youth Mental Health Liaison

Desmond Frierson
Misdemeanor Diversion Coordinator

Catherine Tapp

Administrative Assistant

 Office Location
Orange County Courthouse – First Floor, 106 E. Margaret Lane, Hillsborough, NC 27278

Phone: 919-245-2303
Fax: 919-640-1729