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Jail Decarceration and Public Safety: Preliminary Findings from the Safety and Justice Challenge - CUNY ISLG 2021 

06-22-2021 20:37

In response to our nation's overreliance on jails, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation launched the national Safety and Justice Challenge (SJC), a multiyear initiative to safely reduce jail populations and racial and ethnic disparities in jails. To see if there is an association between incarceration and crime trends, annual crime and incarceration rates were compared before (2014 to 2016) and after (2017 to 2019) the SJC implementation phase began. Overall, findings suggest SJC decarceration efforts were not linked to increases in crime at an aggregate level.

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