Beyond Jail: A Just and Equitable System for a Safe, Healthy Community*

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) is a national initiative designed to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way America thinks about and uses jails. The initiative was launched in spring 2015 with a competition to fund a six month planning process in 20 jurisdictions nation-wide. Multnomah County was selected to participate from over 190 applications submitted, which has resulted in policy, operations and data teams analyzing the existing criminal justice system and developing potential strategies to reduce jail bed use while ensuring public safety. Led by LPSCC’s Executive Director and national consultants assigned by the MacArthur Foundation, planning efforts included leadership and/or staff from the Chair’s Office, former Commissioner Shiprack’s Office, Office of Diversity and Equity, Department of Community Justice, Health Department, Multnomah County Circuit Court, Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney’s Office, Portland Police Department, and the City of Portland’s Black Male Achievement Project.

In June 2017, Multnomah County applied to the MacArthur Foundation to receive up to $1M per year for two to five years to continue to reduce local over-incarceration (see links below for 2017 application specifics). Current SJC funding supports coordination of the Multnomah County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) pilot.

Recent News

KATU 2 "Collaboration Rethinks Reliance on Jails, Looks for Other Options"
Statement: Multnomah County continues efforts to reduce over reliance on jail



Multnomah County Narrative 2017 (232.77 KB)
SJC 2017 Budget Narrative - Sheet1 (80.87 KB)
MultCo SJC Implementation Plan 2017 (558.4 KB)
MultCo Jail Bed and Population Comparison (57.78 KB)


SJC Grant Narrative (211.39 KB)

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