Addressing the Overuse and Misuse of Jails
The YEF Institute supports city leaders’ efforts to implement policies and practices that reduce the populations within local jails, and that reduce the disparities within their justice systems. Specific attention is paid to young adult populations (18-24 years old), who make up larger percentages of those jailed nationally. Through the convening of peer learning networks, city leaders work toward promising practice and policy in local justice reform.
NLC joins the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge as a strategic ally to provide cities with tools and support to reduce the overuse of jails and move toward more equitable systems of justice.
Current peer learning opportunities for local leaders include:
- City Justice Policy Advisors Network (CJPAN)
- Young Adult Justice Community of Practice
- Municipal Courts Peer Learning Group
City & County Leadership to Reduce the Use of Jails: Engaging Peers in Jail Use Reduction Strategies
Responding to Individuals in Behavioral Health Crisis via Co-Responder Models: The Roles of Cities, Counties, Law Enforcement, and Providers
Triage Centers as Alternatives to Jail for People in Behavioral Health Crises
Comments or questions? Reach out to Kirby Gaherty for more information.