Ada County will receive $1 million for criminal justice reforms.
The county’s new grant award was a couple of years in the making. It comes from the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, a nationwide campaign for criminal justice reform.
The Idaho Statesman reports, it’s an attempt for Ada County to get a handle on its jail population before it grows beyond control. The methods used may also result in a fairer, more appropriate approach to incarceration.
The money, to be provided over two years, will pay for eight new job positions. Those will include inmate case managers, court clerks, a planning analyst and a safety and justice program manager.