2018 • 2 years • Criminal Justice
Harris County is an original member of the Safety and Justice Challenge Network (the Network), the centerpiece of the Foundation's strategy to address over-incarceration by reducing jail misuse and overuse and disparities in jail usage. Under previous awards, Harris engaged in a structured, collaborative process to identify local drivers of unnecessary jail incarceration, generated an ambitious plan to address them, and implemented the plan over a two-year period with technical assistance and guidance from a consortium of national experts. This award enables Harris to sustain and expand its reform work, implementing changes across an array of criminal justice processing and decision points with the goal of safely achieving reductions in local incarceration and reducing racial and ethnic disparities.
2016 • 2 years, 10 months • Criminal Justice
Following a national competition in 2015, Harris County, TX was among twenty jurisdictions selected for inclusion in the Safety and Justice Challenge Network, the centerpiece of the Foundation's strategy to address over-incarceration by reducing jail misuse and overuse. A previous award supported Harris County's participation in a structured data analysis and planning process, assessing local drivers of jail incarceration, setting reduction targets, and developing a plan to achieve them. Resulting plans were scored by an expert panel on the basis of ambition, comprehensiveness, and achievability, and eleven, including Harris County's, were selected for implementation funding on the basis of this review. This two-year award enables Harris County to institute changes aimed at reducing local incarceration and disparities in jail usage in accordance with its implementation plan.
2015 • 1 year • Criminal Justice
Twenty jurisdictions have been selected, following a nationwide competition, to participate in the Safety and Justice Challenge Network of sites committed to finding ways to safely and sustainably reduce unnecessary jail incarceration. The Safety and Justice Challenge Network is at the core of the Foundation's initiative to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. Awards to these jurisdictions support their participation in a structured data analysis and planning process aimed at assessing drivers of local incarceration and developing multi-stakeholder action plans to address them.