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Buncombe County

Ashville, North Carolina

Buncombe County was awarded $3,500,000 between 2018 and 2020, including 2 grants in Criminal Justice.

$1,750,000

2020 • 2 years • Criminal Justice

Buncombe County was one of twenty competitively selected jurisdictions chosen in 2017 to join an expanded Safety and Justice Challenge Network as Innovation sites, receiving small project grants and technical assistance in support of targeted efforts to safely reduce jail misuse and overuse. In 2018, on the basis of its Innovation site performance, Buncombe County was awarded a deeper implementation investment enabling it to undertake more ambitious reforms aimed at driving down local incarceration and disparities in jail usage. This award enables Buncombe County to continue and deepen these comprehensive reform efforts, with the aim of achieving further reductions in local incarceration, advancing racial equity, and contributing momentum toward criminal justice systems reform nationally.

$1,750,000

2018 • 3 years 6 months • Criminal Justice

Since 2017, Buncombe County, NC has participated in the Safety and Justice Challenge as an Innovation site, one of twenty competitively selected jurisdictions receiving small project grants and technical assistance from the Urban Institute in support of targeted efforts to safely reduce jail misuse and overuse. On the basis of project performance and with the help of the Urban Institute, a subset these sites has been identified as ready for deeper implementation investment. This award enables Buncombe County to undertake more ambitious and comprehensive reforms aimed at achieving substantial reductions in local incarceration and disparities in jail usage, as an implementation site in the Safety and Justice Challenge Network.

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