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An activist speaking out about inadequate waste and water sanitation in rural America, an author of young adult and children's literature reflecting the world's diversity, and a neuroscientist who used mathematics to study the brain's development are among the 21 recipients of this year's “genius grants".
The funding comes in addition to another $1.9 million that the foundation awarded to the county in 2015 and 2016 as part of its Safety and Justice Challenge.
The $300,000 grant will be used for field-building programs across the country.
We have plenty to be proud of in the city’s push towards a fairer criminal justice system. But two years after receiving an award from the MacArthur Foundation, a significant breach has opened up between leaders of Spokane’s communities of color and the nearly all-white board of community leaders overseeing the grant work.
There is a reform movement underway that is swinging the spotlight over to the initial encounters the system has with offenders, and it’s asking the right questions.
Spokane County Prosecutor Larry Haskell says he’s on board with the county’s ambitious plan to reduce jail overcrowding using a $1.75 million grant from the MacArthur Foundation, so long as the end result doesn’t compromise public safety. The county announced the new funding in mid-April and has set a goal of reducing the jail population 21 percent over the next three years while reducing racial disparities. The bulk of those reductions are expected to occur by adding staff to the county’s pretrial services department while using a new, evidence-based risk assessment tool to decide who can safely be let out of jail before trial.
Criminal Justice Adminstrator Jacqueline van Wormer informed stakeholders at the city and county level Wednesday afternoon the national nonprofit had selected Spokane County as one of 11 sites to receive additional funding. The MacArthur Foundation is spearheading a national effort to cut local jail populations nationwide.
This morning's story detailing Spokane County's receipt of a $150,000 grant to combat overcrowding at the jail was written before the MacArthur Foundation released all of the finalists. Go inside the blog to see them.
Spokane County has been rewarded for its efforts at criminal justice reform, with the deep-pocketed MacArthur Foundation selecting the area for a competitive grant to reduce overcrowding at the aging jail. Spokane is one of 20 recipients nationwide of a $150,000 grant through the foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge program, aimed at reducing overcrowding in local jails. Jackie Van Wormer, a Washington State University professor who is heading the county’s Law and Justice Council, said the award is a testament to the work being done to reform the region’s system.
NEW YORK (AP) — Among the 21 winners of this year’s MacArthur Foundation “genius grants” is a playwright from Moscow, Idaho, who promises to keep doing what he he’s been doing.