NACo and the National Sheriff’s Association joint task force took their cause of jail health reform to Capitol Hill, discussing a proposed policy change that would reinstate federal health care benefits for non-convicted justice-involved individuals.
Every morning when Milad Webb, an assistant medical examiner, comes to work at the Wayne County, Mich., Medical Examiner’s Office, he and the other pathologists view a docket that lists the cases for the day.
County officials are working around the clock to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all residents during the COVID-19 pandemic. Though reluctant to impose measures that may impact their local economies, counties recognize that safer at home policies and closures of nonessential businesses can help to curb the spread of COVID-19.
While jail incarceration rates are on the decline, African Americans are more than three times as likely to be incarcerated as their white counterparts. As counties implement initiatives to address the overuse of jails, reducing racial and ethnic disparities and meaningfully engaging communities in policy decisions remain barriers.