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Spokane County Jail receives an additional $1.75 million from MacArthur Foundation to reduce overcrowding

By Kip Hill Published in The Spokesman Review on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “Spokane County’s efforts to reduce overcrowding and racial disparities at its aging jail have earned an additional investment of $1.75 million from the MacArthur Foundation. Jacqueline van Wormer, the county’s criminal justice administrator, announced the decision Wednesday afternoon. ‘I think

Spokane receives MacArthur Foundation Safety + Challenge Grant over two years to reduce its jail populations and address racial and ethnic disparities in our justice systems.

Published on on April 13, 2016 Excerpt: “20 DIVERSE COMMUNITIES RECEIVE MACARTHUR SUPPORT TO REDUCE JAIL POPULATIONS, IMPROVE LOCAL JUSTICE SYSTEMS, AND MODEL REFORMS FOR THE NATION Chicago, IL, April 13, 2016 – The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation today announced nearly $25 million in support for

Right to an Attorney? Not Always in Some States

By Sarah Breitenbach Published on on April 11, 2016 Excerpt: “Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has called insufficient criminal defense for indigent people a national crisis, and the Justice Department has investigated constitutional violations in representation. There is a lack of funding for public defense in every state, according to Colette Tvedt of the

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