“Pennington County’s 24/7 Sobriety Program was designed as a deterrent to jail, giving people faced with drug or alcohol offenses a chance to be sober while maintaining a work and family life.”
The Overuse of Jails Hurts Our Communities
The primary purpose of jails is to detain those awaiting trial who are a danger to public safety or a flight risk. Jailing someone who is neither results in huge costs for families and communities—particularly communities of color—including lost income, parents separated from their children, untreated mental health and substance abuse problems, a greater risk of re-offending, and wasted taxpayer dollars.
A total of 191 applications were submitted to the Challenge from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. Meet the 52 that were selected to participate in the Challenge Network.
The United States has the highest maternal death rate in the developed world, with 26 women dying out of every 100,000 live births. For Black mothers, this danger is even more acute, with a maternal death rate