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MacArthur Foundation Adds New Counties to Safety and Justice Challenge

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    MacArthur Foundation Adds New Counties to Safety and Justice Challenge

    The Safety and Justice Challenge network today grew to 52 jurisdictions across the country working to safely reduce over-incarceration, protect public safety and effectively use resources. As counties operate 90 percent of the nation’s 3,000-plus jails, county leaders are at the forefront of innovation to create fairer and more comprehensive justice systems.

    Three years after its launch, Challenge sites across the country are seeing the impact of reforms designed to create fairer, more effective justice systems that protect public safety. For example, Cook County, Ill., has cut its jail population by 26 percent.

    The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation is investing $22 million in funding to support 12 new jurisdictions working to reduce incarceration and 13 sites already part of the growing national movement. The 12 new sites, including nine counties, are:

    • Baltimore City, Md.
    • Bernalillo County, N.M.
    • Camden County, N.J.
    • Cumberland County, Me.
    • Franklin County, Ohio
    • Gwinnett County, Ga.
    • Hennepin County, Minn.
    • City of Long Beach, Calif.
    • Norfolk County, Mass.
    • Sangamon County, Ill.
    • City of St. Louis, Mo.
    • Tulsa County, Okla.

    The existing 13 sites, including 10 counties, will receive additional funding to continue their work to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country. These jurisdictions are:

    • Allegheny County, Pa.
    • East Baton Rouge, La.
    • Buncombe County, N.C.
    • Charleston County, S.C.
    • Clark County, Nev.
    • Lake County, Ill.
    • Lucas County, Ohio
    • Minnehaha County, S.D.
    • Missoula County, Mont.
    • Philadelphia, Pa.
    • New York, N.Y.
    • San Francisco, Calif.
    • St. Louis County, Mo.

    Click here to visit the Safety and Justice Challenge webpage and click here to learn more about NACo’s work with the Challenge. You can also join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #RethinkJails.

    The Safety and Justice Challenge network today grew to 52 jurisdictions across the country working to safely reduce over-incarceration, protect public safety and effectively use resources.
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