Public defenders welcomed the move as an initial step — but said it will leave hundreds of nonviolent offenders in jail.
Eleven places will each get at least $1 million to reduce their jail population.
St. Louis County was one of 191 jurisdictions from 45 states that applied. Along with several other counties across the country
A private foundation will give out millions of dollars in grants to local jurisdictions that agree to try new ways to safely reduce the number of people in jails.