As nearly 11 million people are admitted to county and other local jails every year, counties are uniquely positioned to lead efforts to advance safety and justice through reducing the misuse and overuse of jails. This issue brief is one of five from NACo addressing key areas of local criminal justice systems that most affect counties and offering strategies counties can employ to address these issues, make their justice systems work more effectively and efficiently and ultimately lead to safer and healthier communities.
County Roles and Opportunities in Advancing Safety and Justice Challenge through Collaboration explores some of the ways counties can develop and enhance collaboration within the justice system and between community-based resource and service providers in local efforts to enhance public safety and improve individual and community outcomes. Regardless of the reasons for collaboration, it inherently requires individuals and their departments to meet and work together to identify and solve problems. Collaboration enables counties to more quickly create a process needed to achieve change.
This issue brief was developed with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce overincarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.