County governments play an important role role in administering the local public safety and justice system investing $107 billion annually and operating 91 percent of jails. In many counties, justice system related costs comprise the largest portion of the county budget. Ensuring that these dollars are put to the most efficient and effective use requires strong collaboration and coordination amongst the justice system stakeholders and community-based providers. Balancing public safety with innovative and cost-effective policies and programs can reduce over-reliance on jails and other aspects of the local justice system when alternative options may prove to be a better response.

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