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  • Pima Supervisors accept $1.5 million grant

    May 03, 2016 | Read More News
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    JailThe Pima County Board of Supervisors on May 3 voted to accept a grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation designed to create reforms to safely reduce Pima County’s jail population and address racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system.

    The County was awarded $1.5 million through the Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. Pima County is one of 11 jurisdictions in the country chosen to receive funding and access to expert technical assistance to implement a plan for reform over the next two years. In total, nearly $25 million was awarded in support of ambitious plans to create fairer, more effective local justice systems across the country.

    Law enforcement, corrections officials, prosecutors, defense attorneys, judges, and other stakeholders all came together to develop a plan that focuses on substance abuse and mental health screening of individuals who have been arrested on non-violent, misdemeanor offenses; court date reminder systems to reduce incarceration for failure to appear; training for all criminal justice system actors; increased use of home detention with electronic monitoring in place of jail; and data monitoring in conjunction with a Collaborative Working Group that will monitor the effectiveness of the strategies, in order to safely reduce jail populations and minimize racial and ethnic disparities. 

    Pima County was one of the 20 jurisdictions the Foundation selected in May 2015 for initial grants and expert counsel to develop plans for reform after a highly competitive selection process that drew applications from nearly 200 jurisdictions in 45 states and territories.

    The grant is a part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, a national initiative supported by the Foundation with an initial $75 million to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The Challenge is establishing a network of jurisdictions to model and inspire effective local criminal justice reforms across the country. 

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