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In August 2010, the Evidence-Based Decision Making in Local Criminal Justice Systems Initiative selected seven jurisdictions to serve as "EBDM sites" as part of Phase II of this initiative. They included:

These seven sites were selected as a result of their demonstration of collaboration among key policymakers, track record of success in previous high-impact initiatives, and commitment to using research to guide sound decision making.

The goal of Phase II was for the sites to develop implementation plans to specifically reduce the likelihood of pretrial misconduct, post-sentence reoffense, and other forms of community harm that result from crime.

With guidance from NIC, Initiative partners, and an assigned technical assistance provider, the sites engaged in a deliberate and strategic process to assess their current policy and practice and determine methods to more effectively integrate research into local policy and practice.