Charleston County among 20 jurisdictions awarded $150,000 MacArthur grants

Charleston County was one of 20 jurisdictions selected to receive a $150,000 grant aimed at improving local justice systems, the Sheriff’s Office announced Wednesday.

The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded the grant as part of its $75 million initiative called the Safety and Justice Challenge, a news release said.

Nearly 200 jurisdictions from 45 states competed for the grants.

Charleston County intends to use the funds to improve data analytics and to utilize evidence-based solutions to reduce over-incarceration, the release said.

Charleston County and other recipients will work with expert consultants to develop a plan to implement local justice improvements.

“Each of the sites selected has demonstrated the motivation, collaboration, and commitment need to make real change in their local justice systems,” the foundation’s president, Julia Stasch, said through the release. “We hope their local efforts will model effective and safe alternatives to the incarceration status quo for the rest of the country.”

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