Ada County awarded $1M grant for criminal justice reform

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BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The Idaho county encompassing Boise was awarded a $1 million grant aimed at reforming the criminal justice system and reducing its jail population. The grant from the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge will be paid out to Ada County over two years to fund eight new jobs designed to enable the reform, the Idaho Statesman reported (http://bit.ly/2y3nahA ). The jobs include inmate case managers, court clerks, a planning analyst and a safety and justice program manager. Part of the reform effort is working to curb the rising jail population before the issue becomes a problem beyond control. Magistrate Judge James Cawthon said a factor causing jail populations to increase is when people can't afford to post bond...

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