Twenty more jurisdictions will join the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, a $100 million initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way the nation uses jails, the foundation announced today. The jurisdictions will design and test innovative local justice reforms to drive down jail usage safely and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. The 20 places will get support and expert technical assistance in designing and implementing local reforms. Their innovations will range from crisis intervention to behavioral health to pretrial release and supervision. The projects include what the foundation calls “gender-responsive risk and needs assessment, culture-based case management and recidivism reduction approaches, and enhanced services for people with mental illness involved with the justice system.”
“Local jurisdictions are leading the way on justice reform,” said MacArthur President Julia Stasch, who cited the number, diversity, and creativity of the applications the foundation got.” She said the momentum was encouraging “as the federal justice reform landscape evolves and shifts,” a reference to President Trump’s “law and order” vow. The new jurisdictions in the project are Adams County, Co., Allegheny County, Pa., Atlanta, Broward County, Fl., Buncombe County, N.C., Campbell County, Tn., Clark County, Nv., Dane County, Wi., Delaware, Deschutes County, Or., Durham County, N.C., East Baton Rouge Parish, La., Lake County, Il., Minnehaha County, S.D., Missoula County, Mt., Polk County, Ia., San Francisco city and county, Santa Clara County, Ca., Summit County, Oh., and Yakima County, Wa. They will receive $50,000 each and are eligible for future funding.