Magazine article Corrections Forum

Camden County Jail Pursuing Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders

Magazine article Corrections Forum

Camden County Jail Pursuing Alternatives for Nonviolent Offenders

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The Collingswood Patch reported on March 25 that a New Jersey jail is seeking grant funding by creating new alternatives to imprisoning low-level nonviolent offenders. The Camden County Jail plans to apply for a portion of a $75 million MacArthur Foundation Safety and Justice Grant that will be parceled out to 20 facilities nationwide. The foundation is sponsoring a competition to design and implement plans for creating a fairer, more effective local justice system using innovative, collaborative and evidence-based solutions in the hope that it will reduce over-incarceration, according to the article by Anthony Bellano.

"The jail and our law enforcement partners will apply for the grant in collaboration with the prosecutor, the courts, local law enforcement and the public defender's office," Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek, liaison to the Camden County Correctional Facility, said. …

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