“In Multnomah County and across the country, community supervision professionals are helping put people like Monica on better paths and break cycles of incarceration.”
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, 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 40 that were selected to participate in the Challenge Network.
Yakima County, Washington has been actively working to improve our criminal justice system with analysis-driven, evidence-based system change. One of the significant ways in which we are doing this is by focusing on some of the most vulnerable people who