2017 • 2 years • Criminal Justice
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina (Mecklenburg), is one of twenty jurisdictions originally selected to participate in the Safety and Justice Challenge Network, the centerpiece of the Foundation’s strategy to address over-incarceration by reducing jail misuse and overuse. Under its previous award, Mecklenburg refined its approach and strategies, and made significant progress on the implementation of its reforms. This two-year award enables Mecklenburg to make comprehensive policy, practice and system alignment changes aimed at reducing local incarceration and disparities in jail usage. The aim is to demonstrate more effective, fairer, and equitable responses to crime and social disorder, creating momentum toward local systems reform nationally.
2016 • 3 years, 2 months • Criminal Justice
Following a national competition in 2015, twenty jurisdictions were 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 enabled these sites to assess local drivers of jail incarceration and develop plans to address them. Resulting plans were reviewed with the help of an expert panel, and eleven Core Sites were selected for implementation funding, with the remaining nine partner site jurisdictions to receive smaller awards enabling them to continue to participate in the Challenge Network. Partner sites will use their awards to refine and strengthen their plans for targeting drivers of local incarceration, begin implementation where possible, and continue to share what they learn with other Network sites.
2015 • 1 year, 8 months • 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.