Bernalillo County – Bernalillo County is hosting an interactive data dashboard displaying near real-time information about the population at the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC).
MDC is operated by Bernalillo County and serves as the adult detention center for the county.
The dashboard was created to display demographic and other information about the population at MDC including the number and type of daily bookings, population by age, race and sex, comparisons of bookings and charges by year, and more.
County Manager Julie Morgas Baca is vice chair of the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Council, a collaboration of criminal justice stakeholders who discuss policy and program solutions aimed at improving the fairness, effectiveness, and efficiency of the local criminal justice system. Partner entities who are members of the council and county officials relay on regular reports to track population trends at MDC and keep decisionmakers informed about what’s happening in the system, but typically, data and reports are static and show population figures that are weeks or months behind.
“The Metropolitan Detention Center is a critical part of the public safety landscape and protects the lives and information of the inmates,” says County Manager Julie Morgas Baca. “We want the detention center to be transparent so that our citizens understand the complexity of the facility, and the broader criminal justice system, as well as the sheer volume of those we house.”
The new dashboard displays current population figures and allows visitors to dynamically select aspects of the population to see graphically. Now decision-makers, administrators and the public can understand more deeply the degree to which certain populations are involved in the criminal justice system and spending time at MDC.
No individual inmate information is accessible through the dashboard system.
County officials plan to expand the type of data viewable through the dashboard over time, to provide a more complete picture of how the local criminal justice system operates.