Safety and Justice Challenge Champions of Change

Safety and Justice Challenge Champions of Change

The Safety and Justice Challenge is providing support to local leaders from across the country who are determined to tackle one of the greatest drivers of over-incarceration in America—the misuse and overuse of jails. In the Safety and Justice Challenge Champions of Change video series, stakeholders from the Safety and Justice Challenge Network share their perspectives on the importance and impact of the Challenge.

Stories

Justin Bingham, Spokane city prosecutor

“When you rethink jails you’re sort of required to rethink everything you do.” Spokane city prosecutor, Justin Bingham, reflects on how rethinking jails as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge is making his community safer and the justice system

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Dot Scott, branch president of NAACP in Charleston County, SC

“…I love seeing success and I just love seeing making a difference in the community.” Dot Scott, branch president of the NAACP in Charleston County, SC, reflects on working with many different stakeholders to make a difference in reducing the

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Judge Jeff Colbath, Palm Beach County

“The MacArthur Safety and Justice Challenge grant has given us the opportunity to study our court system as a whole.” Judge Jeff Colbath from Palm Beach County, FL talks about how data and what they can demonstrate with support from

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Kevin Tully, public defender in Mecklenburg County

“There is a recognition that the way we use jails…doesn’t make us safer.” Mecklenburg County public defender, Kevin Tully shares how his county is rethinking jails and the use of money in the pretrial process as part of the MacArthur

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Domingo Corona, director of pretrial services in Pima County, AZ

“It’s really about the individuals who are coming into the system. It’s treating people fairly in our justice system.” Domingo Corona, director of pretrial services in Pima County, Arizona talks about the benefits of being part of the Safety and

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Judge David Elofson, Yakima County, WA

“There are challenges and what I’d describe as the growth around those challenges is how you interact as people.”​ Judge David Elofson from Yakima County, WA talks about the importance of addressing a common issue with various perspectives and how

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Erik Bringswhite, Pennington County, SD

“My efforts are focused on the tribal communities.”

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Carol Contrada, county commissioner, Lucas County, OH

“We asked that fundamental question, who’s in the jail and why? And we were shocked by what we found.” Carol Contrada, county commissioner in Lucas County, OH talks about how her community has been rethinking how they use their jail

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Manny Mejias, collaborative chair, Pima County, AZ

“I don’t want to fix one or two things within the system. I want to fix the system… entirely. We have to think big.” Manny Mejias, collaborative chair in Pima County, AZ, talks about how rethinking jails as part of

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Presiding Judge Douglas Beach, St. Louis County

“When we did the mapping… it brought all the partners, everybody, into the same area at the same time and we saw where the holes and the gaps were going to be.” Presiding Judge Douglas Beach from St. Louis County

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