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File #: 170642    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 6/15/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 6/15/2017
Title: Recognizing the accomplishments and the collaborative efforts of Philadelphia's criminal justice partners for successfully reducing the local jail population by almost 20% since July of 2015 with the implementation of programs under the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.
Sponsors: Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Johnson, Councilmember Reynolds Brown
Attachments: 1. Signature17064200.pdf
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Recognizing the accomplishments and the collaborative efforts of Philadelphia's criminal justice partners for successfully reducing the local jail population by almost 20% since July of 2015 with the implementation of programs under the MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge.

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WHEREAS, The MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge has fostered an unprecedented level of collaboration between the City's criminal justice partners: The Managing Director's Office of Criminal Justice, the Philadelphia Police Department, the Philadelphia Department of Prisons, the Department of Behavioral Health, the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, the Defender Association of Philadelphia, and the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania's Municipal Court, Court of Common Pleas, Adult Probation and Parole Department, and Pretrial Services. These partners have built upon the strong collaboration of the Criminal Justice Advisory Board, who oversees the reform effort; and

WHEREAS, In May of 2015, Philadelphia's criminal justice partners began its participation in a 7-month planning phase to develop the 6 strategies and 19 different programs in its reform plan. The goal was to reduce the local jail population by 34% over a three year period; and

WHEREAS, In May 2016, the City of Philadelphia was awarded a $3.5 million-dollar grant from the MacArthur Foundation to implement the reforms. This award provides two years of funding for a three-year project timeline to support the strategies outlined in the Philadelphia Reform Plan; and

WHEREAS, The Philadelphia Reform Plan focused on reducing incarceration for pretrial defendants, creating efficiencies in case processing, addressing probation violations, reducing the racial and ethnic disparities that exist in the criminal justice system, addressing the needs of special populations, and improving the cross system data capacity; and

WHEREAS, The criminal justice partners met weekly durin...

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