“To better understand how gifts like these are meant to spark social change at scale, consider the MacArthur Foundation’s five-year, $100 million Safety and Justice Challenge, whose primary aim is to support local alternatives to jailing people who aren’t a
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. But they now hold many who are neither, at exorbitant fiscal and social costs.
A total of 191 applications were submitted to the Challenge from jurisdictions spanning 45 states. Meet the 20 that were selected to participate in the Challenge Network.
Local jurisdictions can use the legal rights outlined in the Americans with Disabilities Act and the Olmstead Supreme Court decision as leverage to develop public mental health services needed to reduce the incarceration of people with mental illness in jail.