Public dashboards

These are websites that present graphic representations of key data points, with varying levels of detail. Some offer the ability to update numbers as new data comes in. Sometimes they are hosted on the website of a county agency—such as the sheriff’s office or the county criminal legal system committee—while other times they are on the website of a nongovernmental or research organization working with the data. One common software is called Tableau, but there are many other options. For example, Hays County, Texas, has a dashboard that shows different aspects of jail population characteristics and numbers.