Missoula County awarded $700K to address over-incarceration, racial disparities in justice system

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Missoula County Commissioner Josh Slotnick and District Court Judge Leslie Halligan stand in front of the Missoula County Courthouse on Tuesday. The Missoula County Community Justice Department recently received a grant for $700,000 to address over-incarceration.

BEN ALLAN SMITH, Missoulian Zoe Buchli

The Missoula County Community Justice Department recently received a grant to address over-incarceration and implement strategies aimed at safely reducing Missoula County’s detention facility population.

The $700,000 grant is from the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge, according to a Monday press release from Missoula County.

This funding is a continuation grant from 2018, when the county first received the award, the press release said. The grant started on April 1 of this year and will run through June 30, 2023.

The Safety and Justice Challenge is a national initiative that aims to reduce over-incarceration by changing the way the U.S. thinks about and uses jails, the press release said. The MacArthur Foundation grant funding portion of the project brings together many of the country’s leading criminal justice

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