“The number of women in Indiana jails – 2,700 – is 25 times what it was in 1970, according to a report released last week by the Vera Institute of Justice and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.”
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.
The increasing evidence regarding the ineffectiveness of—and harm accrued by—current pretrial practices has prompted support for reform by many national organizations, including those representing the state courts. In 2012, the Conference of State Court Administrators (COSCA) adopted a white