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  • Input sought on strategies to reduce jail population

    Dec 10, 2015 | Read More News
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    adminPima County residents and the media are invited to drop by a Pima County Safety + Justice Challenge open house on Friday, December 18 between 3 pm and 5 pm at the YWCA of Southern Arizona, 525 N. Bonita Ave.

    In May, Pima County was awarded a $150,000 Safety & Justice Challenge planning grant by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of their Safety + Justice Challenge. Over the past six months, Pima County leaders and criminal justice officials, along with community stakeholders, have been working closely with national experts to identify and examine policies and practices that most significantly drive jail population growth. This analysis has helped generate major strategies to safely reduce unnecessary jail use and its disparate impact on low-income individuals and communities of color, as well as those who need substance abuse and/or mental health treatment.

    If chosen to receive funding during Round Two of the MacArthur Foundation Safety + Justice Challenge, the County could receive two years of funding   between $500,000 and $2 million to implement a jail population reduction plan. 
    The open house will give community members another chance to learn more about proposed incarceration alternatives and to provide input prior to the grant deadline of Jan. 6.  

    For more information about the MacArthur Foundation Safety + Justice Challenge and the related Pima County planning grant, please see:
     
    http://www.SafetyAndJusticeChallenge.org, and  
     
    http://webcms.pima.gov/cms/One.aspx?portalId=169&pageId=226609