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  • Safety and Justice Challenge Community Collaborative

    Pima County’s Safety and Justice Challenge has formed a Community Collaborative to help implement the reforms developed as part of a $1.5 million grant award. 

    CollaborativeThe group is composed of justice system partners and community representatives, including formerly incarcerated men and women, victim advocates, tribal members, and clergy. Members meet regularly to review data and propose adjustments to the strategies of the Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge as needed.

    About Pima County’s Strategies:

    In April 2016, the County received $1.5 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to help implement strategies like expanded risk screening for all misdemeanor defendants to increase post-booking releases from jail; adding substance abuse and mental health screening before the initial court appearance to provide the judge safe options for release to treatment instead of jail; enhancing automated call, text and email court-date reminder systems that can reduce failure to appear rates; and special weekend warrant resolution courts. 

    When Pima County implemented the Safety and Justice Challenge strategies about 80 percent of jail inmates were in pretrial status. Warrants for failure to appear in court (93 percent of which related to underlying misdemeanor charges), misdemeanor charges like shoplifting and DUIs, and lower-level felony charges (such as possession/use of a dangerous or narcotic drug, possession of drug paraphernalia and aggravated criminal damage) were the main drivers of the pretrial jail population.

    For more information, contact Manny Mejias or call him at 520-724-8017.


    The Safety and Justice Community Collaborative was created as part of MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge Grant to lower the County's jail population and address issues of racial disparities in the criminal justice system.  These members continue to serve on a non-paid volunteer basis and at the discretion of the County Administrator.

     Community Representatives
     Bennie Baker  Keith Jeffery  Hon. Charles Pyle (Ret.) 
     Karen Caldwell  Michele Keller  Celia Robidoux
     Thea Dixon  Juston Knight   Grady Scott
     Anna Harper-Guerrero  Hon. Michael Lex (Ret.)   Andrew Silverman
     Daniel Howe  Leander Mase   Rudy Trinidad
     Sally Hueston  Manny Mejias  Selso Villegas
     Genevieve James  Guenevere Nelson-Melby  Gerald Williams


     Public Agency Representatives
    Karla Avalos   Oscar Flores   Mark Person
    Dean Brault  Dr. Francisco Garcia  Hon. Tony Riojas
    Domingo Corona  Lt. Scott Lowing   Micci Tilton
    Amelia Craig Cramer  Ron Overholt  Sgt. Jason Winsky



    Community Collaborative Steering Committee
     Upcoming 2020 meetings - 2:00 p.m.  located at
     Abrams Public Health Center 
     3950 S. Country Club Road
     January 13, 2020
    March 19, 2020
    May 21, 2020
    July 16, 2020
    September 17, 2020
    November 19, 2020

    Upcoming 2019 meetings - 3;30 p.m.
    Pima County Housing Center
    801 W.Congress
    January 6, 2020
    April 6, 2020
    July 6, 2020           
    October 5, 2020

     November 4, 2019  
     September 9, 2019  
     July 1, 2019  
     March 11, 2019  
     January 7, 2019  
     September 24, 2018 
     August 16, 2018
     June 4, 2018           
     May 18, 2018
     March 5, 2018 February 15, 2018                       
    December 4, 2017
     January 18, 2018
     September 18, 2017                        
    November 16, 2017
     June 5, 2017       
    August 17, 2017

     March 6, 2017

     March 6, 2017

     December 5, 2016

     February 16, 2017

     September 19, 2016
     January 19, 2017
       October 21, 2016


    Upcoming Events

    Hosted by Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge

    Tucson City Court/Pima County Consolidated Justice Court Co-Located Warrant Resolution Night Court

    Wednesday night(s):           
    January 15, 2020                           April 15, 2020
    February 12, 2020                        May 13, 2020        
    March 25, 2020                             June 17, 2020

    Time:  4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Pima County Consolidated Justice Court (520) 724-3171
     5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. - Tucson City Court (520) 791-4216
     Location:  Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
     240 North Stone Avenue
     Tucson, Arizona 85701
    For a quicker response, participants are advised to bring a valid government issued photo identification.
     Co-Located Warrant Resolution Saturday Court
     Date: October 20, 2018 
     Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
     Location: Pima County Consolidated Justice Court
    240 North Stone Avenue
    Tucson, Arizona 85701
    (520) 724-3171


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    Safety + Justice Challenge Grant

    Wendy Petersen
    Assistant County Administrator
    (520) 724-8849

    Kate Vesely
    Director of Justice Reform Initiatives
    (520) 724-3062

    32 N. Stone Ave.
    3rd Floor
    Tucson, AZ 85701

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