Multnomah County was awarded $2 million from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC) in 2017 to implement strategies that address the main drivers of the local jail population, including unfair and ineffective practices that take a particularly heavy toll on people of color, low-income communities, and people with mental health and substance abuse issues. In 2020, Multnomah County was again awarded an additional $2 million. As part of the SJC work, Multnomah County stakeholders asked Justice System Partners (JSP) to conduct a pretrial system assessment, hoping to identify efficiencies in the pretrial system that could improve the pretrial system in Multnomah County.
Relevant and supporting materials:
Public Safety Assessment (PSA) presentation to the Multco Policy Team February 21, 2020 (Video)