Safety and Justice Challenge

Eleven places will each get at least $1 million to reduce their jail population.
Providing programs in jail that teach job skills and prepare inmates for employment will reduce the chance that they will return after they are released--saving money in the long run and improving public safety. However, meaningful inmate programming can be costly.
Refusing to use our own data about our prior successes and failures, with the goals of making better decisions going forward, is irresponsible.
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.
The project aims to reverse the sharp increase in the U.S. jail population, which has more than tripled since the 1980s to