Safety and Justice Challenge: Allegheny County Year Two Report

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Allegheny County was awarded a Safety and Justice Challenge grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation in 2018 with the goal of reducing the Allegheny County Jail population by 20%. During the second year of the project, the grant partners continued carrying out the project strategies and rapidly responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, achieving a 36% reduction and the lowest jail population in twenty years.

This report outlines the progress made in the second year of the Safety and Justice Challenge project, the causes of the significant jail population decline, the continuing challenge of racial disparities in the criminal justice system, and the plans to further drive down incarceration in Allegheny County.

Click here to read the report.

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