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, 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.

Funding the Multnomah County Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) pilot comes from both  Multnomah County and The MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.  


SJC Grant Narrative (211.39 KB)

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