“Our city’s jail holds people who are waiting for their trial, but many of these people do not pose a danger to our community, such as people arrested for simple drug possession or other low-level, low-risk felonies.”
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.
The field of prosecution is changing rapidly. We are seeing an unprecedented number of reform-minded prosecutors running for, and often winning, elected office. Their platforms highlight priorities including fairness, community well-being, reducing mass incarceration, and accountability. Why does this matter? Because