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

  • Criminal Justice Policy Advisors Network (CJPAN) 
  • Young Adult Justice Community of Practice 
  • Municipal Courts Peer Learning Group 

Resources

Comments or questions? Reach out to Kirby Gaherty for more information.