Grant for criminal justice database to be voted on by Dane County Board

Grant for criminal justice database to be voted on by Dane County Board

The Dane County Board will vote Thursday on accepting a MacArthur Foundation grant to create a data system to track criminal justice information.

The $20,000 grant would fund a data model that will look at Dane County’s criminal justice system by tracking race, gender, age and the type of violation that led to an arrest. According to a news release, that information can be used to identify populations in need of assistance and inform policy and program decisions.

The grant is a part of the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. The national initiative aims to create fairer local justice systems, reduce racial disparities and decrease jail usage.

Solving the problem of over-incarceration requires tackling the overuse of jails, the gateway to incarceration in America. Learn more about @safety_justice and our ongoing work to #RethinkJails:

— MacArthur Foundation (@macfound) October 13, 2018

According to the release, Dane County is one of 40 jurisdictions selected to design and test reforms.

Last year, the MacArthur Foundation also awarded the Dane County Community Restorative Court $50,000.

The Board will vote on the grant at 7 p.m. in the City County Building.

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