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Risë Haneberg

Haneberg retires after 35 years of improving criminal justice system

Risë Haneberg, Criminal Justice Coordinator, retired this week after 35 years of service dedicated to improving Johnson County's criminal justice system. Her innovative programs have been recognized on the state and national level many times.

Haneberg started her career as a juvenile probation officer in 1979 and spent nearly 30 years with Johnson County Court Services, including 13 years as chief. She became the first criminal justice coordinator for Johnson County in 2008. The position did not come with a solid job description; the Board of County Commissioners passed a resolution calling for the study and implementation of effective alternatives to incarceration.

Through the Criminal Justice Advisory Council, Haneberg has worked to ensure that the right person is in the right bed for the right amount of time. Some of the initiatives she has spearheaded include:

Justice Reinvestment: validated actuarial risk prediction tools similar to what is used in the insurance industry, rather than the ability to post bail, is used to determine who is at low-risk of committing another crime or missing court appearances, allowing those offenders to continue working, living at home, and being a productive member of the community.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative: prevents youth from becoming further involved in the criminal justice system by improving services to those confined locally or under house arrest.

Mental Health Intercept Project: recognizes the impact of jail on the mentally ill and improves services for that population, such as the mental health co-responder program in the Overland Park Police and Olathe Police Departments.

Second Chance Reentry: changes the way adult misdemeanant offenders are managed, including the expansion of work release and access to funds to assist the offenders to obtain needed services.

Justice Information Management System: improved the county’s data reporting capacity, enabling agencies throughout the criminal justice system to make better-informed decisions.

Read the Fall 2014 edition of JoCo Magazine for more information about Johnson County's innovative criminal justice system programs.