First Appearance


From the States

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In the News

  • Philanthropies: “Don’t give up on criminal justice reform.” The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Director of Criminal Justice Laurie Garduque and Arnold Ventures’ Vice President for Criminal Justice James Cadogan both wrote letters to the editor of The New York Times citing a false choice between justice and safety, and the positive effects of cash bail reform.
  • Chris Kaiser, advocacy director of the ACLU of Louisiana, recently penned an op-ed saying the notion of ‘innocent until proven guilty’ can be an empty promise in Louisiana.
  • Many states are grappling with lack of beds and long waitlists for individuals who have been determined to be incompetent to stand trial. Wait times can stretch into months in many states and the jails where these individuals are held are generally not prepared to meet the needs of these individuals. In Colorado, a new pilot program is trying to change the status quo. Officials from Colorado recently visited Miami, hoping to learn from the similar experiences and solutions put in place by their Florida counterparts.
  • The National Association of Counties has recently called on counties to support two bills in Congress that would protect the continuity of Medicaid coverage for pretrial detainees, ensuring health care services are provided to an individual who is in custody pending disposition of charges. Jail and county officials in Harvey County, Kansas are all in favor of the legislation.
  • The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently called for Missouri to join the majority of states in setting basic standards of care for local jail inmates.

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This newsletter was created with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation as part of the Safety and Justice Challenge, which seeks to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails.