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John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation: Safety + Justice Challenge

Deadline: March 31, 2015

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge recognizes that there are better, fairer, and more effective alternatives to excessive jail incarceration. The Safety and Justice Challenge will support a network of competitively selected local jurisdictions committed to finding ways to safely reduce jail incarceration.

Jurisdictions participating in the Challenge will develop and model effective ways to keep people out of jail who don’t belong there, more effectively reintegrate those who must be confined into the community upon release, and help them stay out of jail thereafter. In doing so, they will demonstrate alternatives to incarceration as usual, creating models for reducing unnecessary jail use to make communities healthier, fairer, and safer.

The Safety and Justice Challenge includes two rounds:

Round 1: Planning

Up to twenty selected sites will receive a grant to support an intensive six-month planning process, during which they will rigorously examine how their jails are being used and what strategies will reduce incarceration without compromising public safety. Each site will produce a plan for implementing these reforms.

Round 2: Implementation

As many as ten jurisdictions will be selected to receive funding to support implementation of the plans developed during Round 1. The Foundation aims to invest in those jurisdictions that:

  • Identify the most promising strategies for safely reducing over reliance on local jails
  • Produce the most ambitious and credible plans for implementing those strategies
  • Demonstrate the availability and willingness to share identifiable data

Amount: Planning grants: $150,000; Implementation grants: Between $500,000-$2 million.

Eligibility: Any jurisdiction with governing authority over a local jail or jail system that has at least 50 beds.

Link: http://www.macfound.org/press/press-releases/macarthur-launches-75m-initiative-reduce-americas-use-jails/

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